The Centre between June 1 and July 31, 2015 hosted Professor Adeboye Adejare courtesy of the 2014 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. He is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, USA. The fellowship visit contributed immensely to the drug discovery and development effort of the Centre and the faculty.
During this visit Professor Adejare gave seminars on various topics which include: “How to prepare competitive applications to graduate schools in USA”, “E-learning and Grant writing” He was a resource person at the workshop organized by the Centre tagged “Bioinformatics and Computer Aided Drug Design”. He also presented a Faculty Lecture with all the pomp titled “NMDA Receptor Antagonism: An Approach for Treatment of Alzheimer’s and other CNS Diseases”. Professor Adejare initiated collaboration between the Faculty of Pharmacy, African Studies Department, University of Ibadan and himself with respect to antimicrobial drug discovery, especially from Nigerian plant. Furthermore, he established links with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Abuja and Professor James Olopade’s research group at the University of Ibadan. The two links are targeted towards screening of medicinal plants identified from ethnobotanical survey to have CNS effects.
It was a privilege for the Centre to have Prof. Adejare as a mentor for her postgraduate students and young faculty. As an outcome of His visit, the University was made a remote site to participate in the USA NIH Clinical Pharmacology program as an outcome of his visit. Many chemical samples (over 10) have been sent to Prof. Adejare for further laboratory analyses since completion of the fellowship.