Head of Departments

Dr. Olukemi K. AMODU

Institute of Child Health

Medical School
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Special Interests
Institute of Child Health

The goal of the proposed research is to evaluate the role of immune gene polymorphisms and the protein levels of immune-cytokines in the in the risk of severe forms of malaria with the aim of developing epidemiological models that predict malaria severity in children. I have the relevant training, leadership and motivation necessary to successfully carry out the proposed work.

I have a background in Molecular Biology/Genetics, with skills in parasite diversity of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. My postdoctoral training at the Harvard University was focused on the population genetics of the malaria parasite. I have also worked collaborated with experts in Nigeria, and in International laboratories in malaria research, including the Malaria Genetic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN). One of my goals is to establish a Centre of technological innovation and excellence in the development and application of Molecular Biology and Genetics in diseases at the University of Ibadan. I have in the last seven years, after my postdoctoral training at the Harvard University and since my employment at the University of Ibadan, worked and deployed all efforts to establish a Genetics/Immunology laboratory from the scratch at the Institute of Child Health. As PI/Co-Investigator on one WHO/MIM and two EU-funded grants, I laid the foundation for developing a Genomics research laboratory at the Institute of Child Health.

History of the Institute Of Child Health

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), College of Medicine, University of Ibadan was established in 1960 by a grant given at independence by the United African Company (UAC) for the study of the problems of child health relevant to the Nigerian environment and to carry out training of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Institute currently runs Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Masters of Public Health (Child and Adolescent Health), Master of Science in Public Health Biotechnology and three Doctoral Degree Programmes. In line with the vision of the University of Ibadan and the mission of the founding article of the Institute, we have continued to undertake funded research in child health: nutritional disorders, Epidemiology of common tropical childhood diseases, the Pathogenesis of Severe Malaria, the genetics of some chronic disease such as Sickle Cell anaemia, Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension and other collaborative studies with many notable international Universities. This has positioned the institute in the forefront of bioscientific and Public Health research in Nigeria.

The overall goal of the ICH is to build institutional capacity to conduct high-quality research that links clinical practice, policy and public health in child health and related issues in tropical countries of the developing world. This would be done by accomplishing a set of specific objectives that would combine research and training in the context of collaboration with other institutions.