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Biography of Adeyinka FALUSI

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Adeyinka FALUSI
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Adeyinka Falusi is a Nigerian Professor  of Haematology with special interest in human genetics and bioethics.

Professor Falusi is currently the head of the Genetic & Bioethics Research Unit of the Institute for Advanced Medical Research & Training, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. She was Acting Director (2001-2002) and Director of the Institute from 2002 - 2005 which involved the coordination of research activities and administration of 8 different units of the Institute.

Her pioneering work in the Genetics of Sickle Cell Disease, the thalassaemias and malaria earned her the LOREAL-UNESCO Outstanding Woman in Science Award for the African region in 2001. This is an award for one scientist per continent of Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and North America. Her excellent work in the Genetics of blood disorders has also taken her to different continents worldwide. She has also been recognized in her chosen field by obtaining other awards including the Rare Gem's Award in the category of Science & Technology 2003, Vocational Excellence Award for Impact in Science 2004.

She has been very intensely involved in developing institutional ethics review board of the University of Ibadan which has evolved to be a model ethics review board in the country. As the Chairperson of the University of Ibadan/University College Hospital Institutional Review Committee (UI/UCH IRC - 2001-2005), she was instrumental to the restructuring and international registration of the Review Committee with a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) Certification. She facilitated the production of the first "Guidelines for Ethical Reviews" for the UI/UCH IRC. She has published a few articles on ethics and has been very active at promoting awareness and building capacity on bioethics amongst researchers both in her university and in other tertiary health institutions in the country.

She actively participated as Country Coordinator for Nigeria in the Networking for Ethics of Biomedical Research in Africa (NEBRA) research activities for strengthening research ethics in Western and Central Africa (2005-2006). The outcome of this study led to her obtaining the EDCTP grant award (2006-2008) for strengthening research ethics review boards in Africa.

She has published over 50 journal articles and has over 50 published abstracts to her credit with over 70 outside speaking engagements. She has tried to relate her excellent academic findings to the public sector by co-founding the Sickle Cell Association of Nigeria (SCAN), a sister organization to the Sickle Cell Club of Nigeria, all under the umbrella of the Federation of Sickle Cell Clubs and Associations. She has also coordinated the publication of an information booklet of Sickle Cell Association of Nigeria, Ibadan, titled "What You Need to Know about Sickle Cell Disease" in 4 languages of English, Yoruba, Hausa, and Ibo and two posters explaining the different aspects of Sickle Cell Disease for better public awareness.

She was a visiting Scientist (1983-1984) at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, John Radcliff Hospital, Oxford University, Oxford, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA (1994-1995), and the Institute for Tropical Medicine, Berlin, Germany (1998).

As founding Chair of the Nigerian Bioethics Initiative (NIBIN), she has participated in several international ethics workshops and has conducted a number of bioethics workshops in Nigeria. She is a member of several learned societies and organizations.

Last update : 08/11/2009

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