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College awards Ashiru, others on medical research

Prof Oladapo Ashiru receiving the distinguished Faculty of Basic Medical Research Award by the College of Medicine, University of Lagos last week in Lagos.

Chief Medical Director of Medical ART Center, and joint pioneer of IVF Research in West Africa, Prof. Oladapo. Ashiru, has been awarded the distinguished Prof. Award for immense contributions and meritorious service to the Faculty and University of Lagos.

Ashiru who is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, was among the distinguished professors awarded by the College of Medicine, University of Lagos during the first Scientific Conference of the Faculty of the Basic Medical Services at the University of Lagos.

Others awarded include Prof Oyinade Elebute of the Lagoon Hospital, Prof. A.F.B. Mabadeje a renowned Pharmacologist, Prof. Odugbemi, former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos and Prof S.O Elesha, a former Provost of the University as well as Prof A. Akinwande, a former Deputy Provost.

The occasion was cheered by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adetokunbo Sofoluwe who described Ashiru as a pace setter whose record as the youngest professor to be appointed by the University at the age of 32 is yet to be beaten. Prof. Amond, Dean of Student Affairs represented the Vice Chancellor.

The keynote address was given by Prof Friday Okonofua, the Programme Officer at Ford Foundation, Lagos. His keynote address was on “Basic Medical Research Prospects and Great Opportunities”.

He emphasised the role of Basic Medical Research in Health Care delivery and stressed the need for Government and private support to research grant funding.

He also illustrated some of the benefits of Basic Medical Research with the example of In-Vitro-Fertilisation and embryo transfer, using the pioneering success in the field by Prof. Oladapo Ashiru and Prof. Giwa –Osagie, and described them as the Nigerian example of Steptoe and Edwards.

In the citation for the distinguished award, Prof. Ashiru was the first indigenous Professor and Head of the department of Anatomy in 1983. He was the Dean of the Faculty for Basic Medical Sciences from May 1990 to July 1994 and was also Deputy Provost of the College in 1994. He delivered his inaugural lecture to the University tilted “Man know thy self and you shall obtain the healing Powers” in Dec 1990.


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