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Ms Berkoh Dorice

Ms Berkoh Dorice

Staff ID: PSM 352

Staff Category:

Teaching

School:

School Of Sciences

Position:

LECTURER

Department:

Basic and Applied Biology

Directorate/Unit:

Compliance Audits Unit

Miss Dorice Akosua Serwaa Berkoh, PhDc is currently working on the Effect of Vegetable Oil Consumption on Glyceamic Control in Type 2 Diabetes. Her work aims at evaluating the effectiveness of three locally produced oils (red palm, coconut and groundnut) with anti-diabetic medication (Metformin) as combination therapy in type 2 diabetic patients in the Bono Region of Ghana. This dietary interventional and prospective observational study involves haematological, biochemical and antioxidant assays using state of the art analyzers and techniques in Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) in addition to liquid chromatography for the investigation of total phenolic content and bioactive profiles of the oils under study while exploring the potential of nutrigenomics-the effect of nutrition on diabetic genes using PCR. Education PhD Chemical Pathology Ongoing Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Master of Science in Chemical Pathology June 2015 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry June 2011 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Diploma in Health and Safety Practice October 2011 K&A Consulting (Accredited to the Institute of Commercial Management- ICM, UK) Research Interests • Diabetes o Diet and Nutrition in prevention and management of diabetes o Medicinal plants in management of diabetes • Cancers and Lymphomas • Other non-communicable diseases (hypertension, dyslipidaemia, metabolic syndrome, etc) Projects Undertaken 1. The Effects of Disease Burden and Chemotherapy on the Nutritional Status of Children Suffering from Burkitt’s Lymphoma and Wilms’ Tumour: A case Study at the Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi-Ghana. 2. Antidiabetic properties of Myrianthus arboreus P. Beauv. in STZ-induced diabetic rats. Publications 1. D. A. Berkoh, W.K.B.A. Owiredu, S.F. Gyasi, E.T. Donkoh and R.A. Ngala (2021), Factors Associated with Non-Compliance to Diabetes Medication in a Rapidly Urbanizing Region in Ghana: A Mixed Methods Study, initially published in Book of Abstracts, Ghana Science Association, 31st Biennial Conference, pp 46-47. Accepted and in press for publication in Porto Biomedical Journal PBJ-D-19-00061R3. 2. Harley BK, Dickson RA, Amponsah IK, Ngala RA, Berkoh D, Fleisher TC (2020). Antidiabetic effect of Chrysophyllum albidum is mediated by enzyme inhibition and enhancement of glucose uptake via 3T3-L1 adipocytes and C2C12 myotubes. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, Vol 10(9): 387-396 3. E. Ameyaw Owusu, D.A. Berkoh and R.A. Ngala (2019), Effect of Thermal Treatment on the Characteristic Quality of Palm, Coconut and Groundnut Oils, Book of Abstracts, Ghana Science Association, 31st Biennial Conference, pp 47. 4. R. A. Dickson, B.K. Harley, D. Berkoh, R. A. Ngala, N.A. Titloye and T. C. Fleischer (2016), Antidiabetic and Haematological Effects of Myrianthus arboreus P. Beauv. in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 7(12):4812-4826 5. C. Apprey, C. Larbie, R.A. Annan, F.K.N. Arthur, S. Abdulai-Saiku, D. Berkoh and A. Osei-Akoto (2015), Effects of Chemotherapy and Disease Burden on the nutritional status of patients undergoing treatment, Der Pharmacia Lettre, Vol 7(2):95-99 Affiliations and Memberships  The Association of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB), UK; affiliate of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC, Italy)  Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD-Ghana Chapter & Italy)  Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEMGh UENR Chapter)  Ghana Science Association (GSA) Sunyani Chapter Conferences and Seminars Attended  Participant: International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) Virtual Conference on the theme “Role of Clinical Laboratories in the Covid-19 Pandemic”. 15/17 February, 2021.  Participant: OWSD-Ghana Chapter Webinar Series on the theme “Sustaining Research during a Pandemic” 11, 14, 18 and 21 August, 2020.  Presenter (Oral and Poster): 31st Biennial Conference of the Ghana Science Association held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Cape Coast from July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019.  Participant: Workshop on Good Assessment Practices in Higher Education, organized by the Quality Assurance Planning Unit, UENR-Sunyani at Shiela’s Lodge, Fiapre from 16th -17th January, 2019.  Delegate: 25th OWSD Anniversary Ghana Chapter Celebration on the theme “OWSD @ 25: Setting the stage for Achieving the SDGs” from 8-9 November, 2018. Held at the Amonoo-Neizer Conference Centre, KNUST- Kumasi.  Participant: WiSTEMGh launch at the Great Hall, KNUST-Kumasi on October 5, 2018.  Participant: Workshop on developing the culture of publication and how to prepare a manuscript for publication, organized by the University of Energy and Natural Resources, University Auditorium, Sunyani, 1st March 2018.  Trends in Cancer Research College of Science, KNUST 5th Annual Scientific Research  How to write Research proposal Office of Grants and Research, KNUST