Annual Event Speaker profile: Dr Dougbeh Christopher Nyan

Dr Dougbeh Christopher Nyan

Dr Dougbeh Christopher Nyan (53) is a medical doctor, a biomedical research scientist, an inventor, and a social activist at the same time. He studied zoology and chemistry at the College of Science and Technology of the University of Liberia and earned a degree in human-medicine (infectious diseases) from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Medizinische Fakultät – Charité in Germany. He was later trained as a biomedical scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA.

Dougbeh has developed a rapid test that can detect and simultaneously differentiate at least three to seven infections at the same time within 10 to 40 minutes. In most African countries there is a lack of sophisticated diagnostic devices and limited expertise in high-tech diagnostics. This hinders the clinical decision-making ability of healthcare providers. His diagnostic test provides a solution to this clinical problem. Dougbeh’s innovation is easy to use in any setting. Additionally, the device is able to detect and distinguish multiple infections which bear the same symptoms for instance, when a patient has yellow fever, malaria, and Ebola. Whereas most testing methods take 3 – 7 days, Dougbeh's device gives test results in 10 – 40 minutes.

Dougbeh is currently working on the second prototype of his innovation after obtaining positive results from his first prototype. The results have been validated with human clinical samples, peer-reviewed and published in several respected scientific journals such as "Nature-Scientific Reports." His innovation has the potential of being a game changer in the continent in the detection and management of infectious diseases for quality patient-care.