Basic Scientists are the foundation of biomedical research world-wide. Scientists enable understanding of fundamental disease processes, their pathogenesis and diagnosis of vast majority of diseases and conditions afflicting millions of people and crops round the globe. However, the challenge lies in the transference of this discovery into treating diseases in humans and crops using these methods and then using knowledge gained to improve health care policy.
To be able to do the latter it requires scientists in various disciplines of life sciences such as medical sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, mathematics, engineering, physical and computer sciences etc. The ultimate goal of translational research is for the improvement of human health which is beneficial to all including the non-scientists. However in Africa, part of the challenges faced stem from scientific, cultural, institutional and policy, making it difficult for basic scientists to collaborate and conduct translational research.
The idea of the conference is to bring together scientists from Germany and Nigeria interested in basic, applied and translational research.
Dr. S. I. Smith
Professor M.O. Ilori – Chair
Dr. T.O. Fadipe – Asst. Chair
Mr. A. Ajayi – Member
Dr. S. I. Smith – Member
Dr. O. Adebesin – Chair
Dr. G. Ilori – Member
Mr. O. Adeneye – Member
Mrs. M. Uwandu – Member
Mr. O. Afolabi – Member
Ms. O. Awoderu – Member
Logistics /Transport Committee
Engr. E. Adedeji – Chair
Mr. O. S. Amoo – Co Chair
Mr. J. Yisau – Member
Mr. M. Bamidele – Member
Mr. N. Akinfenwa – Member
Mrs. O. Nwogbe – Chair
Mr. D. Johnson – Member
Mr. E. Ijoga – Member
Mrs. M. Amaka – Member
Miss. T. Abdulkareem – Member
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Prof. Babatunde L. Salako. MBBS (Ib), FWACP, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lond), NMIM
Director-General/Chairman & Chief Host, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research
Prof. Babatunde L. Salako. MBBS (Ib), FWACP, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lond), NMIMDirector-General/Chairman & Chief Host, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research
Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako is a seasoned physician, teacher, researcher and administrator. He is currently the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. His primary employment remains as Professor of Nephrology at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and an Honorary Consultant Physician and Nephrologist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.
He became the Head of Department of Medicine in both Institutions in 2011 and was the Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan between 2014 and 2016. His foray into the world of Medicine began in 1986 when he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ibadan and further went on to become a Fellow of the West African Postgraduate Medical College in 1994. He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2014 and the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2016. Professor Salako was the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Oyo State 2002-2004, Editor of the Tropical Journal of Nephrology 2005-2012, Hall Master Alexander Brown Hall 2012-2014, Assistant Editor-in-Chief African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 2012 to 2014 and President of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology 2016 to 2018. As a demonstration of his consistent scholarship, he won a number of grants to carry out research activities on Hypertension and kidney diseases, such as the College of Medicine grant, University of Ibadan Senate Research grants, MacArthur Foundation Research Grant and in the last 5 years, 5 NIH grants as both site PI and in a project with multiple PI in collaboration with the Department of Public Health Sciences of the Loyola University, Chicago, University of Michigan USA, University of Arizona and the University of Ghana. He was the National Convener for the M-PACT project of the West African College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of London 2013-2016. He is currently a member of the General Assembly of the European and Developing Country Clinical Trial partnership (EDTCP) and also member of WHO/TDR Joint Coordinating Board of the TDR, he chairs the Disease Endemic Country Committee of the TDR Joint Coordinating Board.
Prof Salako was a visiting nephrologist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester University Hospital, United Kingdom in 2007, a visiting Professor at the Department of Public Health Science, Loyola University, Chicago, USA in 2010 and visiting Professor to the Nephrology Division of the Medical School, University of Michigan, United State in 2015 and also visiting Professor 2018 University of Arizona, United States.
Professor Salako is a clinician of high repute and has been involved in a number of clinical trials on drug development. He worked with Neimeth Pharmaceuticals International to formulate the drug Miniplus in 2003 following the disappearance of Minizide in the Nigerian market. As a trainer he has trained and supervised with others more than 20 renal Physicians including two who are now Professors of Nephrology. He has made significant contributions to the field of hypertension and kidney disease and has more than 120 journal articles in both local and international journals including a book on nephrology for laypersons to his credit. Professor Salako has attended several local and international conferences and workshops and is widely traveled. He is married to Mrs. Saidat Abiola Abiodun Salako; they are blessed with 3 children, Ibraheem Abiodun, Hikmat Yetunde and Idris Akintunde. He enjoys music, traveling, driving, reading and listening to the Holy Quran
Prof. George O. Akpede. MBBS, FWACP, FMCPaed
Prof. George O. Akpede. MBBS, FWACP, FMCPaedPlenary Speaker
Born October 17, 1957 at Esan West Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria. Married, with six
Professional qualifications: MB,BS (UI; 1981), FWACP (1990), FMC Paed (1990).
Professional experience: Consultant Paediatrician (Neurology & Infectious Diseases) University of Maiduguri
Teaching Hospital 1991-1996, Abia State University Teaching Hospital 1998, and Irrua Specialist Teaching
Teaching, administrative and research experience: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics,
University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, August 1991 - June 1996; Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Ambrose
Alli University, Ekpoma, July 1996 – date. Head, Department of Paediatrics, University of Maiduguri/University
of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, May, 1994 - June 1996; Head, Department of Paediatrics, Irrua Specialist
Teaching Hospital, Irrua, March, 1996 - June 1999.
Provost, College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, January 1999 – October 2005 and Chairman,
Nigerian Association of Colleges of Medicine (Committee of Provosts), August 2004 –October 2005. Chief
Medical Director, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, 18 August 2005 – 17 August 2013 and Chairman,
Committee of Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors, Federal Tertiary Hospitals, November 2011 –
Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (1990) and Fellow of the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical
College of Nigeria (1990) and has served as resource person in several scientific seminars, workshops and
public lectures. Member of the West African College of Physicians’ Expert Committee on Viral Haemorrhagic
Fevers (2014 – date), Member National Lassa fever Rapid Response Committee (2011 – date) and Chairman,
National Lassa fever Stakeholders’ Forum of Nigeria (2007-date).
Research interests include the diagnosis and management of acute CNS infections, with particular reference to
acute bacterial meningitis, acute undifferentiated fevers, diarrhoeal diseases and viral haemorrhagic fevers, with
particular reference to Lassa fever. Has authored or co-authored a modest number of publications from
research in these and areas of paediatrics and child health.
Prof. Akinola E. Abayomi. MBBS Lond, MRCP UK, FRCP Edin, MPhil UP, FCPath SA
Prof. Akinola E. Abayomi. MBBS Lond, MRCP UK, FRCP Edin, MPhil UP, FCPath SAKeynote Speaker
NAME: SURNAME, Name ABAYOMI Emmanuel Akinola. Known as Akin Abayomi
CURRENT POSITION TITLE: Professor of Medicine, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Nigeria.
Background and Education: I completed my primary and secondary schooling in Ibadan and Lagos Kings College and studied medicine as a first degree at the Royal Medical College of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital in the University of London and specialized in Internal Medicine and Hematopathology. I completed my NYSC in Kaduna State Nigeria in 1987.
Post graduate Training: After completing my residency program at University College Hospital in Ibadan, I attained Fellowship of Internal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians UK and Fellowship in Pathology (Hematology) at the College of Medicine of South Africa. I obtained a Masters in Ecology from the University of Pretoria and I am a certified expert in Biosecurity and Biorisk management from the International Federation of Biosafety Associations.
Work Experience: My current position is Professor of Medicine at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in Yaba, Lagos and where I am responsible for contributing to defining the National medical research agenda. I am also Consultant to the Lagos State Biosecurity Project in the Lagos State Ministry of Health under Dr Jide Idris, where we have been building capacity for Lagos State to withstand devastating biosecurity threats like Ebola for the past 4 years. I am Consultant to the West African Health Organization (WAHO/ECOWAS) with a mandated to develop a Public Health Emergency Framework and road map for 15 West African Member Countries. Immediately prior to this I was Chief Pathologist and Head of the Division of Hematopathology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.
Core Competences: I am by training a specialist in Internal Medicine, Pathology, One Health and Biosecurity.
I have worked in many locations in Nigeria, the UK, Multiple Countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. I practice in the fields of clinical medicine, pathology and biosecurity. I am trained senior level administrator, lecturer and academic researcher with more than 60 peer reviewed publications in refereed journals and books. I have extensive experience in global health issues, medical infrastructure and human capacity development relevant to health in developing countries. I have been administrative head of Department for 10 Years where I was trained in leadership skills, strategic planning and performance management assessment, budgetary fiscal planning and audits. In the course of my academic career, I have been responsible for sourcing several million-dollar grants for project implementation and research studies in several countries. I have delivered more than 100 keynote addresses at various high-level forums around the world including the WHO, UN and Africa Union, mainly on global health issues.
- Recent Positions Held
Positions and Employment (chronological order, concluding with the present position)Period1992 -1995Medical Director, Nigeria Airforce Base Medical Facility, Kaduna, Physician in charge.1995-1998Consultant Specialist, University of Zimbabwe Medical School, Harare.1998-2006Consultant Specialist Haematology and HIV, University of the West Indies2006 – 2008Bone Marrow Transplant Fellow, University of Stellenbosch.2009- 2017Chief Pathologist, Head of Division, Department of Pathology, University of Stellenbosch.2017-2019Professor of Medicine at the Nigerian Institute of Medicine, Lagos.2017 - 2019Consultant to the Lagos State Biosecurity Project2017- 2019Consultant Biosecurity Framework for ECOWAS member State Countries
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Prof. Matthew O. Ilori. FAS, FAvH (Germany), FRSB, FEnv
Prof. Matthew O. Ilori. FAS, FAvH (Germany), FRSB, FEnvPlenary Speaker
Professor Ilori received a PhD in Microbiology with research focus on bioremediation of soils polluted with crude oil from the University of Lagos in 1998. He has been in the academic arena for a total of 28 years with cognate experience and excellent landmarks in teaching, research and community services. His main milestone research include microbial production of industrial enzymes; biodegradation of crude oil & recalcitrant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; heavy metal biodetoxification, biodecommissioning of PCB contaminated soils; pesticides biodegradation; metagenomic profiling of bacterial communities; molecular characterization of microbes and their spoilage risks to museum books and artifacts; bacterial bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass to chemicals, organic acids & biofuel; whole genome sequencing and DNA annotation of PCB degrading bacteria; mobilization & expression of catabolic plasmids in heterologous hosts and textile dyestuff removal by micro-algal species. Professor Ilori is one of the faculties on the SEAPHAGES programme of the University of Lagos with Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Pittsburg, USA; they are phage hunting.
Professor Ilori has 146 publications comprising of 100 articles in international and national peer review journals, 2 book chapters and 44 conference papers. His contributions to commissioned environmental assessment reports are about 21. He has supervised to graduation 13 Ph.Ds, 50 Masters and over 180 undergraduates. Three of his current Ph.D. students are preparing to go to the Academic Programmes Committee of the School of Postgraduate Studies while 1 has obtained the approval of title of thesis and supervisors. It is on note that 1 of his Ph.D. students won the first overall best thesis award in the University of Lagos in 2009 while two others won the best thesis in sciences award in 2010 and 2016. He has presented a total of 15 "Invited Lectures" delivered across Nigeria, USA and Canada.
Professor Ilori is a recipient of many awards, scholarships, research grants and honours. These include UNESCO Fellowship in Biotechnology, UK (1997); Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship, Germany (2000-2001); Royal Society Fellowship, UK (2003); Fulbright African Research Scholar Fellowship, USA (2007-2008) and DAAD International Deans' Course, Germany/Ghana/Ethiopia (2013-2014). Professor Ilori has received Research Gants, Travel Grants and Equipment Grant in millions of Naira from the following agencies: Central Research Committee of the University of Lagos, TETFUND, Lagos State Research and Development Council, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Society for Applied Microbiology, UK. He is a member of several professional associations including Association of Industrial Microbiologists of Nigeria, Nigerian Society for Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Cell Biology, Canadian Society for Microbiology and Society for Applied Microbiology, U.K. among others. Professor Ilori is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, UK (FRSB), Fellow of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation (FEnv.), Nigeria and a Fellow of the Academy of Science, Nigeria (FAS).
Professor Ilori, who is a member of the Governing Council of Lead City University, is currently the Director and of the Board of the Institute of Maritime Studies (IMS), University of Lagos. He served as the Chairman of the Board of IMS (2016-2019), Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2016 and as the Director of the Centre for General Studies from 2010 to 2012. Between 2014 and 2017, Professor Ilori served as a member of the TETFUND National Research Foundation (NRF) Screening Committee and has been serving as a resource person to the NUC since 2014. Professor Ilori, a devout Christian, is married to his heartthrob of over 28 years, Monisola Ilori, and they are blessed with lovely children. In his leisure times, Professor Ilori loves to listen and sing Christian music; when the time permits, he loves to travel.
Prof. Olusegun G. Ademowo. PhD, FAvH (Germany)
Prof. Olusegun G. Ademowo. PhD, FAvH (Germany)Keynote Speaker
Olusegun George Ademowo was appointed a Junior Research Fellow in 1989 at the
Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT) and the Department of
Pharmacology & Therapeutics. He has PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Ibadan,
He was promoted Professor in 2005. He is known worldwide in the field of malaria
research where he continues to make significant contributions. He is Head of the Drug
Research unit in IAMRAT where he leads multidisciplinary research teams. His research
focus is on epidemiology and pathogenesis of malaria, drug discovery, drug disposition
kinetics and clinical trials of antimalarial drugs and vaccines. He also works on biochemical and molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in Plasmodium and immune responses in coinfections of helminth, malaria and . He uses molecular tools for diagnoses of infectious diseases. He teaches pharmacology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a mentor to many young faculty and students. He has won a
number of research grants from Local and International agencies. He has many research
collaborators spread across the globe. He has attended and organised many conferences locally and internationally. He is visiting Professor/Research Scientist to several institutions within and outside Africa. He has won several fellowships and awards
including the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, Malaria Vaccine Advocacy Fellowship, Volkswagen scholarship, European Commission scholarship etc. He has served as Adviser to World Health Organisation. He is Chairman of NUC Promotion of
Biomedical Science Development Technical committee. He serves on many committees
at the University, National and International levels. He has supervised 15 PhD and 50 M.Sc students. He has over 100 academic publications.
Dr. Stella I. Smith. PhD. FAvH (Germany)
Dr. Stella I. Smith. PhD. FAvH (Germany)Convener
Dr. Stella I. Smith holds a PhD in Medical Microbiology from the College of Medicine
of the University of Lagos in 1997. She is currently the Director of Research Molecular
Biology and Biotechnology in the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
Her area of specialty is on the molecular epidemiology of bacterial infectious diseases
such as Campylobacter jejuni, Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella spp and
Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC 0157:H7). She had her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral
training in Manchester, France and Germany with EU, INSERM and AvH fellowships
respectively, all in the area of Molecular Epidemiology.
She is a member of various professional bodies including the American Society for
Microbiology, African Science Institute, African German Network of Excellence in
Science (AGNES) as well as the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt.
She has supervised several pre-doctoral, clinical residents and doctoral students. She has
organized eleven hands-on-training workshops in the area of molecular biology. She was
an external assessor to six PhD projects.
She has also served as a reviewer to 25 scientific journals in her area of profession and
Board member to two. She has 154 scientific publications and 11 scientific research
grants to her credit and her lab is currently the only lab where culture of Helicobacter
pylori is done. She was recently named amongst the 10 Nigerian women pulling their
weight in Science by Leadership newspaper, 2017 as well as 16 Prominent Nigerian
women that excelled in Science and Research, silverbirdtv.com, 2018.
She recently chaired a panel discussion from her funding with the German Research
Foundation titled ‘Women in Science: career paths for young scientists” in Uganda.
She is the convener of the first ever Humboldt Kolleg in NIMR.