KNUST product’s thesis on how to use nutrition to correct cognitive impairment wins award in Europe

Mr. David Atuahene, a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has won the award “Excellent Entrepreneurial Potential” for his master thesis in Food Systems programme.

His thesis was based on how to deal with brain cognitive impairment with nutrition.

On the 1st of October 2021, David Atuahene put Ghana on the world map by delivering a great project presentation to Experts of the EU and successfully graduated from his study with his project winning an honorary award entitled “Excellent Entrepreneurial Potential Award” with his Project that seeks to create a positive impact on Brain health, specifically Brain Cognitive Functions.

He received the award at a function held on the 1st of October 2021 at the Faculty Club in Leuven,Belgium where the European Institute of Innovation and Technology( EIT-FOOD) Headquarters is located. All his travels and accommodation expenses was taken care of by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT-FOOD).

Mr Atuahene told in an exclusive interview that “The reason why I chose this area of interest to work on is that a lot of bibliography and literature or research has really proven that there is an increase in the cases of cognitive disorders worldwide.

“42 per cent of the world’s population that are over the age of 60 is reported to be affected by mild cognitive impairments. This is something that deals with brain health . When I talk about cognitive impairment they are the likes of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson diseases, even not sleeping well and a whole lot of cognitive impairments.

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“So, there is an increase in these and it is becoming a very big concern to the society especially in the Western world, but it is also in Africa. I did a research in Spain, with focus on the European population by just bibliography search and 16 per cent of elderly people who were over the age of 70 were found to be experiencing like mild cognitive impairment and out of this 16 per cent, 14 per cent were known to be disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is just in Europe.

“The solution I and the Precision For Health Company in Madrid with whom I did this study are proposing to this is a novel nutrigenomic approach. It is the study of how nutrition or the food we take in affect our metabolism in causing diseases and also in preventing diseases, managing diseases and everything with regards to our health. So the approach Is trying to solve this with nutrigenetics and nitrogenomics. I seek to aid in prevention or if someone has the diseases how we can manage it.”

David Atuahene is a product of KNUST, 2018 batch of graduates. He got into the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT-FOOD) scholarship scheme fully funded by the European Union in 2019 to further his studies in Master’s level. This Constitutes students from all over the world and He was one of 3 Ghanaians in this big scheme.

The European Union conducts this programme with 6 of the best universities in Europe, selecting unique talents from all over the world but mostly from Europe and each students gets the chance to attend 3 or 4 of these universities regarding education and research. He has made Ghana proud for his project work winning an honorary award entitled “Best Entrepreneurial potential” in Europe.

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Selection of awardees to be honoured by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology was highly based on merits and conducted by a Jury made up of European expects in academia and Mr. David Atuahene emerged as one of the top 5 selected to be honored.

He was invited to a ceremonial conference where he was given the privilege to share his project with experts of the European Union for discussion.

In David’s Education outside Ghana he studied and did research in 3 of the best Universities In Europe namely ; The University of Torino, Italy, The University of Warsaw, Poland and The Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana