Amos Laar

Amos LaarAmos Laar, Ph.D,  Founding  Member hm2r|| E-mail: alaar@hm2r.org, Tel:  024–498–2176 [Ghana]

Amos Laar is a nutritionist as well as a reproductive/perinatal epidemiologist by training. Currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Amos has a burning desire for building enduring academic capacity and for sharing academic resources. His sharing addiction is motivated by a personal philosophy rooted in the saying that, knowledge, unlike bread, does not diminish when shared.

Amos has over a decade of extensive practical teaching and research experience in the global south.  His interdisciplinary work focuses on Reproductive Health, Perinatal Epidemiology, Health Literacy, Malaria in Pregnancy, NCDs, Maternal and Young Child Nutrition. His research also includes the socio-cultural, socio-ethical, and the medico-ethical dimensions of sexually transmissible infections (especially HIV). He employs epidemiological and bioethical approaches such as implementation research, ethical analysis, policy analysis, theoretical human rights analysis, interest analysis, and evaluations in his research.

Amos has been a Principal Investigator of seven (7), and a Co-Investigator of 10 research grants at the University of Ghana. These include the HIV and AIDS Interactive Training, Education and Development Center Project which developed interventions to increase uptake of HIV testing, and reproductive health literacy among students and staff of the University of Ghana. He has authored/co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, and close to 40 refereed conference papers all on Reproductive Health, Perinatal Epidemiology, Maternal and Young Child Nutrition, and various aspects of HIV.  Some of his publications have appeared Cambridge University Press’ Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, AIDS Care, BMC Public Health, AIDS Research and Therapy, JMIR Res Protoc, BMC Women’s Health, PLoS ONE, Reproductive Health, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, BMC Research Notes, BMC Medical Ethics, The Pan African Medical Journal, African Journal of Reproductive Health, and Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology.

Amos has provided consultancy services to both local and international development agencies including the United Nations World Food Program, the Accra Office of the New York-based Population Council, the National Development Planning Commission, and the Ghana AIDS Commission.  He was a visiting Bill and Melinda Gate’s Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2007 during which he developed competencies in evaluations and analysis of complex population survey data.

He is a member of several Professional Associations including the Ghana Nutrition Association, the African Nutrition Society, and the International AIDS Society. He has served/currently serves on 7 Statutory Boards and 4 Ad-hoc Committees of University of Ghana. As a founding member of hm2r, Amos’ rich experience in academia will proof useful in realizing hm2r’s goals of providing mentoring, capability training, and research services.