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PD, Dr. Ina Danquah

Ina Danquah is a nutrition scientist who has specialized in epidemiology. For the past 10 years, her research focused on characterizing the dietary behavior of sub-Saharan African populations under transition, and establishing their diet-disease relationships, specifically for adiposity and metabolic health. In addition, Ina aims at determining the interrelations between all forms of malnutrition, infectious diseases and cardio-metabolic health among African populations in their country of origin and among African migrants in Europe. Importantly, Ina quantifies the sustainability of diets in rural and urban sub-Saharan Africa. These sustainability features comprise healthfulness, affordability, cultural acceptability, and climate-friendliness/climate-resilience.

Ina is a principal investigator within the DFG-funded Research Unit “Climate Change and Health in sub-Saharan Africa”. She has been a leading scientist for the work package “Nutrition” in the EU/FP7 project RODAM (Research on Obesity and Diabetes among African Migrants; www.rod-am.eu). Additionally, Ina has received funding from the Robert Bosch Foundation, the German Diabetes Foundation (DDS), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Leibniz Association. She has been awarded several prizes for her research, including the Early-Career Award by the Leibniz Kolleg Potsdam, the Nana Yaa Asantewaa Award for African-German Partnerships in Research, and the Ernst-Reuter Prize of the Free University Berlin.

Ina is affiliated with the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) and enjoys long-standing collaborations with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (Ghana) as well as Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

She has published more than 55 peer-reviewed articles, including Lancet, BMC Medicine, International Journal of Epidemiology, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and the European Journal of Nutrition. Her work has been cited over 1100 times; her h-index is 18, and her i10-index is 24.


2018 Habilitation in Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin. Germany


Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK


Doctor rerum medicinalium (Dr. rer. medic.) in Tropical Medicine, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Master of Science in Nutrition Science (Dipl. Ern.-wiss.), Potsdam University, Potsdam Germany and University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana


10 selected publications

1: Danquah I, Addo J, Boateng D, Klipstein-Grobusch K, Meeks K, Galbete C, Beune E, Bahendeka S, Spranger J, Mockenhaupt FP, Stronks K, Agyemang C, Schulze MB,Smeeth L. Early-life factors are associated with waist circumference and type 2 diabetes among Ghanaian adults: The RODAM Study. Sci Rep. 2019 Jul 26;9(1):10848. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-47169-6.

2: Utomo DAM, Andriolo V, Bärnighausen T, Danquah I. Linking malaria in pregnancy with dietary behavior of the next generation. Brain Behav Immun. 2019 Aug;80:1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2019.06.014.

3: Meeks KAC, Henneman P, Venema A, Addo J, Bahendeka S, Burr T, Danquah I, Galbete C, Mannens MMAM, Mockenhaupt FP, Owusu-Dabo E, Rotimi CN, Schulze MB, Smeeth L, Spranger J, Zafarmand MH, Adeyemo A, Agyemang C. Epigenome-wide association study in whole blood on type 2 diabetes among sub-Saharan African individuals: findings from the RODAM study. Int J Epidemiol. 2019 Feb 1;48(1):58-70. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy171.

4: Galbete C, Nicolaou M, Meeks K, Klipstein-Grobusch K, de-Graft Aikins A, Addo J, Amoah SK, Smeeth L, Owusu-Dabo E, Spranger J, Agyemang C, Mockenhaupt FP, Beune E, Stronks K, Schulze MB, Danquah I. Dietary patterns and type 2 diabetes among Ghanaian migrants in Europe and their compatriots in Ghana: the RODAM study. Nutr Diabetes. 2018 Apr 25;8(1):25. doi: 10.1038/s41387-018-0029-x.

5: Danquah I, Galbete C, Meeks K, Nicolaou M, Klipstein-Grobusch K, Addo J, Aikins AD, Amoah SK, Agyei-Baffour P, Boateng D, Bedu-Addo G, Spranger J, Smeeth L, Owusu-Dabo E, Agyemang C, Mockenhaupt FP, Beune E, Schulze MB. Food variety, dietary diversity, and type 2 diabetes in a multi-center cross-sectional study among Ghanaian migrants in Europe and their compatriots in Ghana: the RODAM study. Eur J Nutr. 2018 Dec;57(8):2723-2733. doi: 10.1007/s00394-017-1538-4.

6: Bedu-Addo G, Alicke M, Boakye-Appiah JK, Abdul-Jalil I, van der Giet M, Schulze MB, Mockenhaupt FP, Danquah I. In utero exposure to malaria is associated with metabolic traits in adolescence: The Agogo 2000 birth cohort study. J Infect. 2017 Nov;75(5):455-463. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2017.08.010.

7: Agyemang C, Meeks K, Beune E, Owusu-Dabo E, Mockenhaupt FP, Addo J, de Graft  Aikins A, Bahendeka S, Danquah I, Schulze MB, Spranger J, Burr T, Agyei-Baffour P, Amoah SK, Galbete C, Henneman P, Klipstein-Grobusch K, Nicolaou M, Adeyemo A, van Straalen J, Smeeth L, Stronks K. Obesity and type 2 diabetes in sub-Saharan Africans - Is the burden in today's Africa similar to African migrants in Europe? The RODAM study. BMC Med. 2016 Oct 21;14(1):166.

8: Danquah I, Dobrucky CL, Frank LK, Henze A, Amoako YA, Bedu-Addo G, Raila J, Schulze MB, Mockenhaupt FP, Schweigert FJ. Vitamin A: potential misclassification of vitamin A status among patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension in urban Ghana. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Jul;102(1):207-14. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.101345.

9: Danquah I, Bedu-Addo G, Mockenhaupt FP. Type 2 diabetes mellitus and increased risk for malaria infection. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Oct;16(10):1601-4. doi: 10.3201/eid1610.100399.

10: Aponte JJ, Schellenberg D, Egan A, Breckenridge A, Carneiro I, Critchley J, Danquah I, Dodoo A, Kobbe R, Lell B, May J, Premji Z, Sanz S, Sevene E, Soulaymani-Becheikh R, Winstanley P, Adjei S, Anemana S, Chandramohan D, Issifou S, Mockenhaupt F, Owusu-Agyei S, Greenwood B, Grobusch MP, Kremsner PG, Macete E, Mshinda H, Newman RD, Slutsker L, Tanner M, Alonso P, Menendez C. Efficacy and safety of intermittent preventive treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for malaria in African infants: a pooled analysis of six randomised, placebo-controlled trials. Lancet. 2009 Oct 31;374(9700):1533-42. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61258-7.

Contact Information

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