Ayo MJ. Oduola

 Ayoade MJ Oduola recently retired as Coordinator for Stewardship and Capacity Building for Research at the Special Program for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organisation (WHO/TDR). He served as Professor and Director at the Postgraduate Institute for Medical Research (IMRAT), College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He received a US National Research Council (NRC) Fellowship and worked as an Investigator at the Water Reed Army Institute for Research, Washington DC, USA. His research focused on drug discovery and drug resistance in parasitic diseases and applications of biotechnologies. As a Coordinator at TDR, he managed and led several research and capacity building initiatives including regional training centers for bioinformatics created by the Committee on Pathogenesis and Applied Genomics located at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), Cape Town, South Africa and CBAG, Mahidol University, Thailand, the South-south Initiative for research on infectious diseases; High Level Ministerial Forum for research on infectious diseases of poverty, and TropIKA.net, a platform for research information sharing (www.tropika.net). He led a team that produced the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases launched by the European Commission in April 2012. Oduola continues his research on infectious diseases and facilitating strategic roles for leaders of affected populations through Universities and initiatives in West Africa including the West Africa Institute for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty (IIDP/IRPM) (www.riidp.org ).