DR. CHAKA IMPRAIM
A funeral service will be held for Dr. Chaka Impraim, one of the medical pioneers in the development and deployment of diagnostics screens for AIDs and cancer of the cervix, on Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. in the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, CA. Impraim, a resident of Danville, CA and vice president of diagnostic instrument systems at Celera Diagnostics in Alameda, CA died on January 5 at the University of Arkansas Hospital where he was being treated for multiple myeloma. He was 54.
In collaboration with the Japanese Red Cross, Dr. Impraim helped launch the world's first molecular test system for screening the blood supply for the AIDS and hepatitis viruses while working with Roche
Molecular Systems in Pleasanton, CA. In his most recent position with Celera Diagnostics, Impraim's work involved the development of instrumentation for molecular diagnostic tests for HIV, cystic fibrosis, hepatitis, and thrombosis.
He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of London and received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the Kumasi University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Impraim conducted post-doctoral research in Biochemical Genetics and Molecular Genetics at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA. He later served as an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of California at Davis where he was assistant director of the Molecular Pathology Lab and then worked with Life Technologies, Inc. and Digene, Inc. of Gaithersburg, MD, where he helped develop the hybrid capture assay for human papilloma virus, the cause of cervical cancer. His work is published in numerous scientific journals.
Impraim is survived by his wife, Alice of Danville, CA and his two daughters Esi of Los Angeles and Ekua of Danville, CA ; four brothers, Kodwo Akyir Impraim of Nigeria, Jomo Impraim of jLondon, Nana Impraim of Toronto, and Kodwo Ayensu Impraim of Ghana; and three sisters, Adwoa Impraim Tamakloe of Nigeria, Nana Yaa Gyamfua of Ghana, and Margaret Owusu-Agyei of Ghana.
The service will be followed by burial at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette at 1:30 PM and then a reception at the Dougherty Valley Community Center in San Ramon from 3 to 11 p.m. Viewing hours are scheduled in the Redwood Chapel of Oakmont Memorial Park on Friday, January 27 from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chaka Impraim Memorial Fund, c/o Box CIMF, Celera Diagnostics, 1401 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, CA 94502