Professor Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Sickle Cell disease research.
Hemel Hempstead resident and former consultant physician at St Albans City Hospital, Professor Konotey-Ahulu was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science at a ceremony on Wednesday 5 September, held at St Albans Abbey.
Having grown up in a family where sickle cell disease was present, the Professor’s research in the area of sickle cell disease has been groundbreaking. The sickle cell clinic at the Korle Bu Hospital in Ghana, of which he was the Director, was the largest in the world. In addition, he established the Konotey-Ahulu Genetic Epidemiology Sickle Cell Foundation in 2011 to provide counselling for sufferers, as well as education and research.
As well as Professor Konotey-Ahulu’s involvement in the area of sickle cell disease, he has also contributed significantly to other areas of work, including AIDS research, medical ethics and tonal linguistics. He has been very widely published, and a number of his articles have become the definitive studies in their field.
The contribution of Professor Konotey-Ahulu has been publicly acknowledged many times, among which was his inclusion in a list of ‘The 100 Greatest Africans of All Time’. He has also received the Dr Martin Luther King Junior Foundation Award for outstanding research in sickle cell anaemia.