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I am currently the Director, Centre for Sickle Cell Disease Research & Training, University of Abuja, (CESRTA) and a Consultant Haematologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. I am a United Kingdom Chevening Scholar with 32 years’ experience in the field of haematology and blood transfusion, a recipient of several international fellowships at Imperial College of Medicine, London; Karolinska Institute & Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden and the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland for training in early detection, diagnosis of cancer and cancer prevention. I am also a founding member of Sickle CHARTA, the Haemoglobinopathies Working Group of the Nigerian Soceity for Haematology and Blood Transfusion and the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria- the Nigerian SCD Network. In these capacities, I helped articulate a strategy for the control of sickle cell disease in Nigeria and worked with others to build a platform for multidisciplinary mult- institutional collaborative research in SCD. I initiated research collaboration between UK -Nigeria Sickle Cell Disease researchers in collaboration with the British High Commission, the University of Abuja and its affiliate hospitals. I also advocated for the establishment of CESRTA. I serve on various technical committees for the government on non communicable diseases (NCDs) and have completed a number national assignments related to sickle cell disease.
As Vice Chairman of the SCSSN, I coordinate in country activities of the Network. I am Chair of Advocacy for Sickle Pan African Network (SPAN), a member of European Haematology Association, Union for International Cancer Control, African Organisation for Research & Training in Cancer and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians & Scientists.
I possesses significant strategic planning and capacity building skills and have coordinated a number of multi-institutional and community based research projects. I am PI and Co-PI for a number of National and International Funded Grants: DFID DeLPHE Project 327, TETFUND Institutional Based Grants, NIH 1U24HL 135881-01, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant 2017033 (Sub Award). My research interests are the genetic determinants of co-morbidities associated with haemoglobin S and the control of SCD at community level.
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