Professor Joseph Abiodun Balogun
Joseph Abiodun Balogun, FAS, is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Health Sciences at Chicago State University (CSU), Chicago, USA and Emeritus Professor of Physiotherapy at University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Nigeria. He served from 1999 to 2013 as Dean of the College of Health Sciences and developed eight undergraduate and graduate programs. He also established the HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute to address the disproportionate incidence and complex burdens of HIV/AIDS in minority populations.
Professor Balogun was born in Nigeria and started his early western education at the Kabba Division Joint Education Council Primary School in Idofin and received his Primary School Certificate from the ECWA/SIM Primary School in Makutu, Kogi State, Nigeria. He graduated in 1972 from St. Kizito's College, a Catholic Secondary School (Ordinary level), in Itedo; and in 1973 completed his High School (Advanced level) education at Offa Grammar School. He obtained the Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Physiotherapy in 1977 from Nigeria's University at Ibadan. » Readmore
Dr. Kunle Odunsi
Kunle Odunsi, MD, Ph.D., FRCOG, FACOG is the Cancer Center Deputy Director at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Cancer. He is also Professor and Chair of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology, the M. Steven Piver Endowed Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Executive Director of the Center for Immunotherapy at Roswell Park; and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Buffalo. He maintains an active independent laboratory research program that focuses on understanding the mechanisms of immune recognition and tolerance in human ovarian cancer, and translation of the findings to clinical immunotherapy trials. He has pioneered the development of antigen specific vaccine therapy for prolonging remission rates in patients with ovarian cancer. His laboratory has identified important mechanisms of immune suppression within the ovarian tumor microenvironment; and he has developed strategies to counteract such. He is currently pioneering studies to “re-engineer” mature T cells and hematopoietic stem cells for generating sustained attack against ovarian cancer in patients. He has developed and implemented protocols for multi-institutional immunotherapy clinical trials under the umbrella of the NCI Cancer Immunotherapy » Readmore
Dr. Lorretta Favour Chizomam Ntoimo
Lorretta Favour Chizomam Ntoimo is a Sociologist/Demographer. She obtained her Bachelors (Honours) degree in Sociology from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Her Masters’ degree in Sociology/Demography was obtained from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she also obtained a PhD in Demography and Population Studies in 2012. Dr Ntoimo started her academic career in 2012 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Joseph ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria. Currently, she is a lecturer in the Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria where she has served in various administrative capacities including as the acting Head of the Department of Demography and Social Statistics. Dr Ntoimo serves as a Guest lecturer at the World Bank established Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI), University of Benin, Nigeria. She is an Associate of Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), where she actively contributes to research planning, data collection and management, and writing for publications. » Readmore
Oluwadamilola A. Adejumo
Oluwadamilola A. Adejumo obtained her LL. B from the Obafemi Awolowo University and was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Oluwadamilola holds a LL.M degree from the University of Benin and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Law Faculty, University of Benin. Her Thesis focuses on a right based approach to women’s access to reproductive health care in Nigeria.
She is presently a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where she teaches Environmental Law; Law of Taxation; Human Rights Law; Law of Contract; and Law and Medicine. Based on her keen research interest in Medical Law, she was recently appointed as a Consultant to the Institute of Public Health, Obafemi Awolowo University.
Prior to joining the academia, she served as senior legal officer heading the legal Unit of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo city, Nigeria. » Readmore
Akhere A. Omonkhua
Akhere A. Omonkhua obtained her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, in 1998 and 2002 respectively (both with the class prize). She was awarded a PhD in Toxicology in 2010; her PhD thesis was nominated for the National Universities Commission (NUC) Doctoral Award by the University of Benin in 2012. Prof. Omonkhua started her academic career as an Assistant Lecturer in 2003 at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. She joined the University of Benin as a Senior Lecturer in 2012 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in October, 2018. Prof. Omonkhua is an active researcher, with major focus on determining the efficacy and safety of local antidiabetic and antimalarial medicinal plants, as well as elucidating the phytochemicals and mechanism(s) of action of these plants. She has nearly 40 journal publications, has presented papers in a number of local and international conferences, and has acted as a resource person and guest speaker at several workshops and seminars in Nigeria. Prof. Omonkhua has been awarded national and international grants and is a member of several scientific societies including the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (NISEB), American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), and The Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA), Germany. » Readmore
Professor Olufemi Olatunbosun
Professor Olufemi Olatunbosun is professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada. He graduated from the University of Lagos College of Medicine in 1973 and undertook his postgraduate residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecological oncology fellowship at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the West African College of Surgeons. Between 1982 and 1991, he held academic and consultant clinical appointments at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria, and King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before returning to Canada in 1992.
Professor Olatunbosun rose to the rank of Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in 1999, where he has been Head of Department, Vice Dean of Medicine and Chief of Medical Staff (Chief Medical Director) for Saskatoon Health Region). He has been Chair of the Saskatchewan Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Sessions Management for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. » Readmore
Dr Rosemary Nkemdilim Ogu
Dr Rosemary Nkemdilim Ogu, is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt. She graduated (MB.BS) with distinction from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, in 1999. Her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital from 2003 to 2008, earned her the fellowship of both the West African College of Surgeons and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (FWACS, FMCOG).
She has special research interest in the areas of Sexual/Reproductive Health, Feto-Maternal Medicine & Non-Communicable Diseases. She is the Secretary of the World Health Organisation/Federal Ministry of Health Maternal Newborn Child Health Implementation Research Team for the reduction of Maternal & Perinatal Mortality in Nigeria.
She is the principal investigator of the UPTH World Health Organisation Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) supported Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Control Program in Niger Delta. She is the principal investigator of the MWAN Improving Maternal Health Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa supported by Pfizer Global. She has over 60 published articles in peer reviewed journals. » Readmore