Kwadwo O. Akuffo is a postgraduate research student with the Macular Pigment Research Group, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is currently working on the project entitled “Enrichment of Macular Pigment and its Impact on Vision and Blindness: Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST)”
He has been trained in retinal photograph grading at the Reading Centre, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK. With this training, he has completed grading of approximately 10,000 retinal photographs taken as part of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) for AMD, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. He is also a member of the TILDA Vision Group.
Kwadwo is an Optometrist by profession. Prior to starting his studies, he worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. From 2005 to 2011, he studied Doctor of Optometry (OD) at KNUST, graduating with distinction. During his studies at KNUST, he was on the Faculty of Biosciences Dean’s Honours List on three consecutive occasions for outstanding academic performance. In his final year at KNUST, he was appointed as the President of the Dr. D.B. Kumah Research Group, Department of Optometry and Visual Science, KNUST, during which he coordinated the activities of his colleagues working on various projects in vision science.
Kwadwo is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), American Academy of Optometry (AAO), European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) and the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT). His research interests include age-related eye disease, vision and nutrition.