Nigerian UNILAG Professor Wins Gates Foundation N.95b Research Grant

Nigerian UNILAG Professor Wins Gates Foundation N.95b Research Grant

A Nigerian Professor of Gynaecology at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Bosede Afolabi has won a research to the tune of $2, 518, 474.00 (N958,908,975.50) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

According to a statement on the UNILAG website, Her project, which is titled, ‘’Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women {IVON}”, is to be sponsored to the tune of $2, 518, 474.00 of the IVON Project.

The school also disclosed that as a Principal Investigator, Professor Afolabi will lead a multicentre study which will run for 3 years (November 1, 2020 – October 31, 2023), with the study to be conducted in 10 hospitals within Lagos and Kano States.

The research project will also recruit a total of 1,056 women at 20-32 weeks gestational age, who are diagnosed as having anaemia at the antennal clinics of the hospitals.

Additionally, the university said aside the international collaborations and partnerships which the study will facilitate between UNILAG and other Universities in the US and Europe, it will also contribute to local human capacity development with the sponsorship of junior faculties for postgraduate trainings (M.Sc. and PhD).

Professor Bosede Afolabi is internationally recognized for her research in sickle cell pregnancy, with her interests mainly in maternal and fetal medicine, minimal access (laparoscopic) Surgery and Maternal education.

Professor Afolabi is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK, West African College of Surgeons, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.




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