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Pharmacy Prof Awarded Fellowship for Collaborative Research in Africa

AdejareUniversity of the Sciences’ Adeboye Adejare, PhD, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences, will return to his native land next summer through an all-expense-paid Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. He was one of 33 scholars selected to conduct joint research at participating universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

This highly competitive fellowship is an Institute of International Education initiative that encourages African-born scholars in the United States and Canada to share their acquired research skills with colleagues from African colleges and universities through collaborative work.

Dr. Adejare and Dr. Chinedum Babalola, a pharmacy professor at University of Ibadan in Nigeria, will spend next summer exploring the interaction between compounds and small endogenous materials that can serve as targets for drug action. Dr. Babalola oversees the University’s Center for Drug Discovery Development and Production, which was established in 2011 to help improve the quality and availability of essential medicines in West Africa.

Each fellowship will last between two weeks to three months, depending on the length of time needed to complete the research. The goal of this program is to establish an ongoing academic partnership in areas such as curriculum co-development, faculty and student exchange research, study abroad opportunities, and mentorships.

"Fellows will help achieve the goal of contributing to the development of African higher education as a vibrant and internationally competitive sector, fulfilling the aspirations of building prosperous and inclusive economies, viable knowledge societies, and sustainable democracies,” said Dr. Omotade Aina, director of Higher Education and Libraries in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Dr. Adejare’s research interests include drug targeting, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds, and pharmaceutical profiling. He earned his doctorate in medicinal chemistry from The Ohio State University, as well as his BS and MS from University of Iowa.


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