First Humboldt Kolleg in NIMR



15th Oct – 19th Oct 2019


WHY JOIN CONFERENCE Why you should join the Event

Reverting back to complexities of bridging the border between clinical and basic research, while new knowledge is rapidly accumulating from research in basic sciencestranslation to clinical sciences is becoming more difficult and challenging


Interact and collaborate with top and young scientific minds


Great Speakers

Inisghtful scientific sessions


New People

An opprtunity to meet and connect with new scientists.


Have Fun

Every moment of the event is fun-filled.


Please kindly indicate your AvH affiliation status as either Humboltian or Non-Humboldtian

LISTEN TO THE Event Speakers

Prof. Babatunde L. Salako. MBBS (Ib), FWACP, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lond), NMIM

Director-General/Chairman & Chief Host, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research

Prof. Akinola E. Abayomi. MBBS Lond, MRCP UK, FRCP Edin, MPhil UP, FCPath SA

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Olusegun G. Ademowo. PhD, FAvH (Germany)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stefan Traumann (German Consul General)

Guest of Honour

Prof. George O. Akpede. MBBS, FWACP, FMCPaed

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Matthew O. Ilori. FAS, FAvH (Germany), FRSB, FEnv

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Stella I. Smith. PhD. FAvH (Germany)


The magnitude, scope, sophistication, and funding support for biomedical research are unprecedented and continue to increase dramatically. Discoveries in basic science, especially based on molecular biology and sequencing of the human genome, have rapidly accelerated and continue to expand. Effective translation of the new knowledge, mechanisms, and techniques generated by advances in basic science research into new approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease is essential for improving health.

2.00 - 07.30pm
Wednesday 15th October 2019

Wednesday 15th October 2019


2.00 – 6.00pmArrival at the Hotel
6.00 – 7.00pmRegistration
7.30 pmDinner and Welcome Speech (Convener)

8:00 - 10:10am
Day 2 - Wednesday, 16th October 2019

Day 2 - Wednesday, 16th October 2019



8.00 – 9.00amBreakfast
9.00 – 10.00amArrival of participants and registration
10.00 – 12.30pmOpening Ceremony (Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos)
10.00 - 10.10amIntroduction of Guests and Participants – Dr. D. Oladele
Chairman and Chief HostProfessor B. L. Salako, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos.
Special Guest of HonourHis Excellency Mr. B. Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State.
Guest of HonourDr. Stefan Traumann, Consul General, Federal Republic of  Germany.
Humboldt Ambassador
Scientist in Nigeria
Prof. Clement A. Adebooye, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria.

10:10 - 12:00pm


10:10 – 10.15 amWelcome Speech – Dr. Stella I. Smith (Convener)
10.15 – 10.25 amChairman’s Opening Remarks
10.25 – 10.30 amSpecial Guest of Honour’s Opening Remarks
10.30 – 10.40 amSpecial Guest’s Opening Remarks
10.50 – 11.00 amRemarks by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Nigeria Ambassador Scientist – Prof. Clement A. Adebooye (Humboldtian)
11.00 – 11.30 amFirst Public Lecture (PLO1) – Basic Sciences in the Era of Translational Research are we lost in Nigeria? Prof. A. Abayomi, Professor of Haematopathology
11.30 – 12.00 noonSecond Public Lecture (PL02)Engaging Basic Scientists in Translational Research: what are our opportunities and how do we overcome obstacles? Prof. OG Ademowo, (Humboldtian) Professor of Pharmacology

7.30 – 10.30am
Thursday, 17th October 2019

Thursday, 17th October 2019


7.30 – 8.30 a.m.Breakfast and Registration
9.00 – 1.00pmMorning Scientific Session:
Chair –  Prof. J. A. Agbede (Humboldtian & Professor of Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, Federal University of Technology, Akure)
9.00 – 10.00amPlenary Lectures:
PL05: The role of agricultural scientists in translational research and how can they inform policy in Nigeria. Prof. A. Ajayi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, First Technical University, Ibadan-Lagos Expressway, Ibadan.
PL06: Humboldtians and their role in forging a new identity for translational research in NigeriaProf. C. Adebooye – Humboldtian Ambassador in Nigeria, OAU, Ile-Ife.
10.00 – 10.30 amTea Break

10.30 - 1:00pm


10.30 – 1.00 pmOral Presentations Track B: (Agriculture and Food Science)


Conference Chair, Food Science: Prof. G. Oboh, Humboldtian, FUTA, Akure.

 Venue: NIMR Auditorium
 OR13-NHK9: Bio-preservative activity of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) essential oil on oxidative stability of minced beef during cold storage. Dr. A. Falowo, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.
 OR14-NHK45: Food nutrition and security in a changing economy: A case for neglected and underutilized crops. Prof. Kehinde Taiwo, Humboldtian, OAU, Ile Ife.
 OR15-NHK52: Antifungal Activity and Biodetoxification of Aflatoxins by Lactic Acid Bacteria in Artificially Contaminated Cereals with Toxigenic Aspergillus flavusOlukayode Ibitoye, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
 OR16-NHK106: Deactivation of Polyphenol oxidase, biological control and processing of Discorea rotunda-implication for the industrialization of yam products. Prof. P. Ojimelukwe,
 OR17-NHK108: The need for industry and university partnerships. Prof. N. Olasupo, Humboldtian and Professor of Microbiology, Lagos State University.
 OR18-NHK110: The impact of genetically modified foods in our society. Prof. Olajire Fagbola, Humboldtian, UI.
 Conference Chair, Agriculture: Prof. K. Taiwo, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
 Venue: Biomedical Training and Cancer Research Centre
 OR 19-NHK7: Growth, flowering and alkaloid content of Rose periwinkle in response to poultry manure rates. Prof. I. Aiyelaagbe, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
 OR20-NHK13: Comparative study of the candidate gene vuc-apx expression in 25 accessions of cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (l.) walp] under stressed and unstressed conditions. Dr. T. Ajayi, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.
 OR21-NHK47: Genetic variability of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) in a South African pig population: implication to other pig-producing African countries. Dr. K. Afolabi, Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos.
 OR22-NHK51: Heavy water-labeled Raman spectroscopy reveals carboxymethylcellulose-degrading bacteria and degradation activity at the single-cell level. Dr. O. Oladipo, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
1.00 – 2.00pm               Lunch


7.30 – 8.30am
Friday, 18th October 2019

Friday, 18th October 2019


7.30 – 8.30Breakfast
9.00 – 1.00pmMorning Session
9.00 – 10.30 amPlenary Lectures Chair Prof. O. Akinloye (Humboldtian & Professor of Reproductive Health)
PL 09: Writing Successful Grant Applications: from Basic Sciences “Wissenschaft” to Translational “Wirtschaft” Research - Prof. Funso Sonaiya & Prof. Remi Sonaiya (Humboldtians) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
PL 010: How can the study of natural products help facilitate the engagement of basic scientists in translational research for the purpose of informing policy in Nigeria?Prof. Oluwatosin Adaramoye (Associate Professor of Biochemistry)
PL 011: From Laboratory to the field: keying into the metabolic intricacy of microorganisms- Dr. Sunday Adebusoye, Humboldtian, University of Lagos.

10.30 – 02.00pm


10.30 – 11.45Conference Oral Presentations Track D: (Genomics, Biotechnology, Natural Products & Cancer therapy)


Conference Oral Chair: (Genomics and Biotechnology), Dr. K. Lawal, FIIRO, Oshodi

Venue: NIMR Auditorium
OR30-NHK2: Vibrio cholerae and V. mimicus isolated from important water resources of Eastern Cape, South Africa harboured virulence determinants, Dr. O. Abioye, OAU, Ile-Ife.
OR31-NHK67: Polymorphisms in Plasmodium falciparum Apical membrane Antigen I (PfAMA1) and Reticulocyte-binding protein homolog-5 (PfRH5): implication for malaria vaccine in Nigeria. Dr. O. Ajibaye, NIMR, Yaba, Lagos.
OR32-NHK78: Association of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (pparg) gene polymorphisms with the metabolic syndrome among Yorubas in Ibadan. Dr. M. Raifu, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
OR33-NHK95: Phylogenetic Conflicts among Human and Closely Related Primates Revealed by Sequence Analysis of Selected Members of the Globin Gene Super-Family. Mr. O. Obaleye, University of Lagos.
OR34-NHK105: Sustainable Production of Polyhydroxyalkanoates by Wild Type Bacteria Species Isolated from South-Western Nigeria. Dr. T. Fadipe, FIIRO, Oshodi.
Conference oral Chair, Natural Products and Cancer Therapy, Dr. N. Odunukwe, Deputy Director General, NIMR.
Venue: Biomedical Training and Cancer Research Centre.
OR35-NHK44: Men’s Formula for Prostate care: an emerging therapeutic option in Natural urology. Dr. R. Obu, Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine, Tema Community 7, Ghana.
OR36-NHK91: BC16084833 and BC25070619 as Novel PAK4 Inhibitors in Breast Cancer: A Computational Analysis. Dr. M. Arowosegbe, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo state.
OR37-NHK73: Modulatory effect of Crassocephalum crepidioides Benth S. Moore leaf methanol extract and fractions on blood coagulation of Streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Mrs. O. Opeyemi, Mountain Top University, Ogun state.
OR38-NHK101: Genetic diversity of cultivated lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) accessions assessed by molecular markers and its essential oil components. Dr. O. Adeyemo, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos state.
11.45 – 12.00Panel Discussions and Interactions
12.00 – 1.00 pmHumboldtians’ Forum and Practical Discussions
1.00 – 2.00 pm               Lunch

7.30 – 9:00
Breakfast and Departure

Breakfast and Departure


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