Dr. Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo is a Lecturer at Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 2017 at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland; investigating the impact of macular carotenoid and co-antioxidant supplementation on visual function in patients with early age-related macular degeneration. His PhD work was supported by the European Research Council Grant 281096. During his PhD studies, Dr. Akuffo won the following awards: Young Achiever Award, Ghanaian - Irish & Networks Excellence (GINE) Awards 2013; Runner Up, Geraldine Duggan Memorial Award, Retina Conference, Fighting Blindness Ireland 2013; Best Poster, Delegates Choice, Waterford Institute of Technology Research Day 2013; Cochrane Training Courses 2013.
Dr. Akuffo studied Doctor of Optometry (OD) at KNUST, graduating in 2011. During his studies at KNUST, he was on the Faculty of Biosciences Dean’s Honours List on three consecutive occasions for outstanding academic performance.
Dr. Akuffo has been trained in retinal photograph grading at the Moorfields Eye Hospital Reading Centre, London, UK, and has been certified to grade cataracts using the Lens Opacities Classification System (LOCS) III by the Chylack Incorporated.
Dr. Akuffo has published over 20 scientific peer-reviewed articles in optometry, ophthalmology and vision science journals. He has also contributed to several conference proceedings in his research field. He is a Reviewer for the following journals: Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Research, International Journal of Vitreous and Retina, and Eye and Vision.