HEALTH PROMOTION, MOLECULAR THERAPY AND REHABILITATION INITIATIVE (HPMTRI)

Department of Medical Rehabilitation
Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology
University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
13th December, 2014.
The Chairman, Senate Research Grants Committee
University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
Sir,
APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF OUR RESEARCH GROUP: Health Promotion, Molecular Therapy and Rehabilitation Initiative (HPMTRI)
I, on behalf of our research group, wish to apply for your approval and funding of our research group titled ‘Health Promotion, Molecular Therapy and Rehabilitation Initiative (HPMTRI)’. This research group as the name applies is made up of academic and clinical staff of University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu.
Our main objective is to carry out high level researches on animal and human subjects and constantly enlighten the public on health promotion and management of medical and surgical conditions.
We will be very grateful if our request is granted.
Yours faithfully,
Ezema Charles I.
UNP/SS/7962.

Research Concept
A great number of health conditions have remained challenging and incurable to health practitioners all over the world and may continue to depend on conservative management. These include arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, spinal cord injury, hypertension, stroke, cerebral palsy, sickle cell disease, liver and kidney diseases.  Most of these conditions result from life style of the individuals as well as environmental factors such as smoking, alcoholism, sedentary lifestyle, carbon emission, poor waste disposal, exposure to radiations, poor ergonomic structures of work stations and ignorance of risk factors, causes and treatment of diseases. It is also important to note that most instruments/equipments used in our health institutions were manufactured abroad and therefore have not been tested on people in Nigeria. It is important to carry out extensive studies to validate these instruments and ascertain there physiological effects in the body.
Name of group: Health Promotion, Molecular Therapy and Rehabilitation Initiative (HPMTRI)
Research Focus:
The focus of this research group will be:
1. To ascertain the literacy level and attitudes of people in Nigeria about diseases and their predisposition.
2. To ascertain the incidence and prevalence of some communicable and non communicable diseases in Nigeria.
3. To determine the physiological responses and effects of most equipment used in our health institutions both in man and animals.
4. To enlighten the public through public health education and publications of research findings.
5. Create normograms through research studies for public use in research and medical treatment.
Some Proposed Research Topics:
1. Knowledge of adults in Enugu State on causes, prevention and treatment of malaria.
2. Attitudes of adults in South East Nigeria on utilization of insecticide treated nets and mosquito preventive procedures.
3. Effects of electrical stimulation among subjects with spinal cord injury in National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu, Nigeria.
4. Liver functions of Wister rats exposed to electromagnetic waves from telecommunication masts in University of Nigeria Enugu Campus.
5. Liver and kidney functions and cardiovascular status of people exposed to electromagnetic radiation from telecommunication masts.
6. Effects ultraviolent radiation on foot ulcers among subjects with type 2 diabetic mellitus.
7. Effects of aerobic exercise training on leptin and lipid profile of subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
8. Hormone and immune system response to Garcinia Kola among adults in Enugu State.
Composition of the Group
1. Prof. GC Okoye, Department of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) (Group Coordinator)
2. Dr Ezema Charles I. Department of Medical Rehabilitation, UNEC
3. Dr Oche Kalu, Department of Medical Rediography UNEC.
4. Dr Emmanuel Esom, Department of Anatomy, UNEC.