Alexander Dodoo

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Alexander Dodoo

Alex Dodoo345
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Adabraka, Ghana

Alexander Nii Oto Dodoo, FPSGH, FPCPHARM, and MRPHARMS is a Ghanaian pharmacist and academic. He is a clinical pharmacologist and a professor at the Centre for Tropical Clinical Pharmacology, University of Ghana Medical School.

He is also the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Advocacy and Training in Pharmacovigilance. He currently serves as the Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority.

Alex was born in Adabraka a suburb of Accra. He began schooling when he was six years old at Gray Memorial primary school, a public school located near the Adabraka market. His parents divorced when he was nine years old, and he and his mother moved to his maternal family house in Jamestown.

From Gray Memorial he was sent to a private school; All Nations primary school. The school was situated in Nima also a suburb of Accra. He had his secondary education at St. John's Grammar School and his sixth-form education at the Accra Academy.

In 1983, he went to Nigeria but returned after two months. Upon his return, he was one of the first batches of sixth formers to do National Service.

After his national service he gained admission to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology through the help of the most reverend Justice Offei Akrofi a former Anglican Bishop of Accra (Ghana) and former Archbishop (primate) of the Church of the Province of West Africa. There, he studied pharmacy.

He earned his master of science degree in Biopharmacy at the University of London and joined the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 1991 for one year of research work in neuro-pharmacology and neuroscience. He returned to the University of London after his research work to pursue a doctorate degree in pharmacy at King's College, London.

In 2007, he was elected president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. He served in this capacity for two terms; from 2007 to 2009 and from 2009 to 2011. In 2009 Alex was elected President of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP), becoming the first African to serve in that office, he held that office until 2012.

In 2013 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the John Agyekum Kuffour Foundation by Ghana's former president; John Agyekum Kufuor. Prior to his appointment as the executive director of the Ghana Standards Authority, he was an associate professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Ghana Medical School.

He has served on various local and foreign boards, some of which include; the Pharmacy Practice board of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, Safety Surveillance Working Group of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Enteric and Diarrhoeal Diseases Advisory Group also under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CIOMS/WHO Working Group on Drug Development in Resource-Poor Countries.

He has also served as a chairperson for the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority. He is a fellow of the Ghana College of Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacy, a Registered Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council of the United Kingdom, and also a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

He was appointed Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority by Nana Akuffo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana. He assumed office in June 2017.

Dodoo has authored and co-authored many manuscripts and full papers in peer-reviewed journals. He published a book in 2010 titled: Healthy Secrets: A Layperson's Guide to Health Issues, 2010. The book has undergone three reprints. He is also a columnist for the Spectator newspaper.

He is married to an appeal court judge and together, they have three children.