SAMSON AWOLOLA

SAMSON
AWOLOLA

Deputy Director (Malaria Research ) & Head of Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Public Health and Epidemiology
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
  • Higher Education Institution/University
  • National Government

Biography

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research is the main Health Research Institution in Nigeria. The vision is to be an institution of excellence in basic, applied and operational research for the promotion of national health in Nigeria. The mission is to conduct research into diseases of public health importance in Nigeria and develop structures for the dissemination of research findings while providing an enabling environment and facilities for health research and training in cooperation with the federal and state ministries of health and in collaboration with universities, allied institutions and organised private sector nationally and internationally. The mandate of the Institute include the followings: To conduct research into Communicable Diseases of Public Health importance in the country To conduct research into Non-Communicable Diseases prevalent in the country To conduct research into basic, applied and operational research for the prevention and control of diseases endemic in the country in co-operation with the Federal and State Ministries of Health To develop human and infrastructural capacities for clinical and biomedical research in collaboration with Medical Schools, Universities and other Health-related Institutions, in and outside Nigeria To disseminate the results of health research in the country through training courses, scientific publications, conferences, workshops and other communication channels to the Federal and States Ministries of Health, relevant stakeholders in the Public and Private sectors as well as the general public. The major research focus include, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Non communicable diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases. INTEREST IN BOVA I am a Medical Entomologist and current Head of Public Health and Epidemiology Department of the Institute. My passion for vector control led to the establishment of the "Molecular Entomology and Vector Control Research laboratory". The laboratory is providing training and technical support and remains the reference laboratory for the National Malaria and Vector Control Program. I also established a field site with experimental huts in north central Nigeria for studying population genetics of mosquitoes and for testing new mosquito control products. Before then, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa from 2000 to 2002 where I still holds an honorary “Visiting Senior Researcher” position. I also worked as a as Senior Entomologist at the UK Medical Research Council Laboratory, The Gambia from 2007 to 2009 during which I anchored the Grand Challenge Project on innovative research for malaria vector control. My research interest is on mosquito population genetics, insecticide resistance and innovative approach to mosquito control. Joining BOVA will enable me extend my research collaboration with Durham University and members of the network and build capacity for research and training in vector control in Nigeria. Building a critical mass of human capacity to take vector research and control forward is key for the sustainability of current vector control activities in Africa. Membership of BOVA could also affords us the opportunity for staff exchange and strengthen North-South collaboration.

Organisation details

Nigerian Institute of Medical Research