Liberian Bio-Medical Scientist and Others Hit a Medical Milestone: Invent Noninvasive Diagnosis for Ulcer
September 20, 2004
Drs. Nyan, Anthony R. Welch, Andre Dubois, and William G. Coleman, Jr. conducted the study, which resulted into the invention of the noninvasive diagnosis, while he was employed at the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a bio-medical scientist in Bethesda, Maryland. The invention is critical because “current diagnosis are expensive, invasive or requires the patient to ingest radioactive substances”. Dr. Nyan and others’ invention allows “for a quick, specific, inexpensive, non-invasive method for diagnosis” of ulcer. The invention is likely to be very useful in developing countries where patients do not have access to advanced medical facilities. The scientists invented the noninvasive diagnosis method for ulcer by isolating the human species Helicobacter pylori, which is a “major infectious agent of the human gastric intestinal track”.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has obtained a provisional patent for the invention, and is marketing the technology to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for commercial applications.
Dr. Nyan is a German trained medical doctor. The National Institute of Health trained him as a bio-medical scientist. In an interview, Dr. Nyan intimated he plans to contribute to the medical sector of Liberia by taking up residence at the University of Liberia Medical College where he will continue his bio-medical research to help meet the medical needs of humanity.