Expert Visits

We understand that many institutes cannot send individuals to Dundee for training.  For some institutes, training a larger number of individuals with specific skills and knowledge is more beneficial.  We may be able to deliver training in your institution.  This training can be lecture based or include practicals.

So far we have delivered hands-on chemistry and biology training in College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi in 2018 and 2019.

We are working with a number of institutes in Ghana to help them develop their potential for drug discovery research.  We have visited a number of institutions are started to develop research and training links.

We are looking for potential partners to develop a training programme with.  If you work in drug discovery in a low-middle income country and may be interested in a visit to include training, please get in touch with the training manager, Suze Farrell.


Lauren Webster demonstrates how to set up a manual chromatography column.
Lauren Webster demonstrates how to set up a manual chromatography column. WCAIR training team visit to University of Malawi, October 2018
University of Ghana VC Office
University of Ghana VC Office


We are working with a number of institutes in Ghana to provide support with training both in Dundee, and Ghana (virtually for now). We have had a number of trainees from Ghana training in Dundee including Charles Benneh, Benjamin Harley, Inemesit Ben, Henry Onyame, and Arnold Forkuo Donkor.

We have delivered training courses to research and technical staff in Ghana, including Drug Discovery Mission and An Introduction to HPLC and Mass Spectrometry.

Our partners in Ghana include:

  1. University of Ghana;
  2. Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR);
  3. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST);
  4. University of Cape Coast;
  5. University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS);
  6. Centre for Plant Medicine Research
Happy teaching NMR theory
Happy Nyirongo teaching NMR


We have links with a number of institutes in Malawi, with a focus on Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (formerly College of Medicine) in Blantyre.

We first visited College of Medicine in 2018 to deliver two weeks of teaching to researchers and students from a number of institutes.  We focused on biology, chemistry and HPLC techniques.  Find out more here.

Two individuals who had attended that course have since been successful in a training placement in Dundee.  Happy Nyirongo spend 6 months with us, and helped develop a short training programme for students in Malawi.  He delivered this for the first time, with the support of WCAIR staff on our training visit in 2019.

Andrew Mtewa spent 9 months with us in Dundee learning medicinal chemistry techniques and completing further research for his PhD.