PUBLIC HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH GROUP

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH GROUP

 

Preamble

In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations in search of the way forward, has called for refocusing on post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The main aim of this agenda is alleviation of extreme poverty of which public health intervention, as part of Healthcare Delivery, is an integral part. Development organizations are being mobilized to come together to proffer suggestions for solving health problems so as to afford good health which will lead to functional and sustainable development in other strata of life. Particularly the international community has adopted ‘One Health’ programme, which is an upgrade of public health involving all health professionals (Veterinarians, Medical doctors, Pharmacists etc) in prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging diseases of man and animals.

Nigeria is a member of the United Nations and the Universities in Nigeria are specialized and very important partners for the attainment of the goals of this new initiative. University of Nigeria is a registered member of the Nigerian Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NSDSN), a member of the consortium of Federal Universities both nationally and internationally.   Member universities have been called upon to form research teams to contribute to the attainment of the Post-2015 global development goals through research, symposia, conferences, workshops and trainings. In response to the vice chancellor’s Strategic plan, this research group is formed to focus on Public Health and Sustainable Development Solutions.

 

Justification

There are many health issues, challenges and problems facing the Nigerian populace today and it is the responsibility of Nigerian universities to partner with stakeholders to study the health problems like emerging and re-emerging diseases, chemical and drug residues in food animal products, zoonoses, short-term and long-term health implications of the use of substandard and fake drugs, environmental toxicity from heavy metals and pollution. Therefore, there is need for multidisciplinary research group to focus on sustainable development issues with special emphasis on public health through research, seminar, workshops and training.

 

Statement of Intent

As a multidisciplinary research group, the intentions of the group are as follows:

  1. To carry out research in different areas of life with a view to promoting consumption of healthy and wholesome meat and meat products, controlling and preventing   emerging and re-emerging diseases, controlling the use of substandard and fake drugs and unauthorized agro-chemicals to promote sustainable development of the society.
  2. To attract research grants to support the activities of the group.
  3. To organize conferences, workshops, and seminars to create awareness on the research areas above
  4. To organize trainings for human capital development
  5. To disseminate research findings in journals both national and international.
  6. To contribute to the enhancement of the visibility of the University of Nigeria in webometric ranking.

 

 

 

Research Focus

  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases
  • Chemical and drug residues in meat and meat products
  • Environmental toxicology – heavy metals in water sources, food and food sources.
  • Influence of substandard and fake drugs in human and animal health.
  • Health Education

 

Members of the group

Prof. A.O. Anaga – Faculty Veterinary medicine – Coordinator

Prof. K.C. Offokansi – Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences – member

Prof. P. Baiyeri – Faculty of Agriculture – member

Dr. Mrs. E. V. Ezenduka – Faculty of veterinary medicine

Dr. Mrs. C.N. Ogbuji – Faculty of Education – member

Dr. Mrs. A.O. Chukwuone – Faculty of Education – member

Dr. Mrs. C. Nnaji – Faculty of Education – member – member

 

 

  1. ABRIDGED CURRICULUM VITAE

       ARUH O. ANAGA

 

                DEPARTMENT OF VETERINARY PHYSIOLOGY & PHARMACOLOGY

                                                           UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA GSM #: 08063831206

aruhanaga@yahoo.com; aruh.anaga@unn.edu.ng

DATE OF BIRTH: 26/09/63

PRESENT POST HELD: Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology; Consultant, Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (UNVTH), U.N.N.

NATIONALITY : Nigerian    STATE OF ORIGIN: Abia State            LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA Ohafia LG

HOME ADDRESS: Ndi Uzoubi Compound, Ebem Ohafia, Abia State

MARTAL STATUS: Married

NUMBER OF CHILDREN: Three (Two males and One female)

CAREER WITHIN THIS UNIVERSITY

POST                                                                                                     DATE

­­­ASSISTANT LECTURER                                                                    1991-1994

LECTURER II                                                                                       1994-1997

LECTURER I                                                                                        1997-2000

SENIOR LECTURER                                                                          2000 – 2010

PROFESSOR                                                                                        2011-DATE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University Of Nigeria, Nsukka, Professor, 2011 till date

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Senior Lecturer, 2000-2011

Acting Head of Department, 2002-2004, 2005-2006

Associate Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2007-2008

Visiting Senior Lecturer, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, 2003 to 2007; 2008-2012

EDUCATION

Nsukka High School, Nsukka, 1973-1978, West African School Certificate, Grade II

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1979-1983, Higher Diploma Certificate (Animal Health & Husbandry), Credit

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1985-1990, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1991-1993, Master of Sciences (M.Sc.)

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1995-2003, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

PERIOD OF STUDY/SABBATICAL LEAVE OR SECONDMENT

Outside Institution                                                         From                     To                                          

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, USA                             1998                       1999

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE, GLASGOW                            FEB 2009              MAY 2009

AFILIATIONS

Member, Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA)

Member, West African Society for Pharmacology (WASP)

Member, West Africa Natural Product Research Society (WANPRES)

Member, University of Nigeria Senate, 2002-2006

Member, University of Nigeria Electoral Committee (UNECO), 2005

Member, Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN)

President, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship Nigeria, Nsukka Chapter, 2000-4

Member, Gideons International in Nigeria

Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN), 2009-date

National President, Christian Veterinarian Nigeria (CVN), 2012-date

AWARDS

Best Graduating Student, Department of Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology

Best Overall Graduating Student in Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 1990, with distinctions in the following Courses: Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology, Veterinary Obstetrics, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Clinics

Fulbright Junior Fellowship in University of California, Davis (1998-1999)

PUBLICATIONS: More than 40 publications in peer reviewed international journals

 

 

 

  1. BRIEF C.V.

 

Professor Kenneth C. OFOKANSI

Position: Professor/Head of Department

Contact Details

Contact Address:

Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

Telephone: +234-81-31245821; +234-80-59793297

Email: Kenneth.ofokansi@unn.edu.ng

 

Brief Biography:

Born on January 17, 1971, Professor Ofokansi obtained his B.Pharm., M. Pharm., and Ph.D degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He joined the services of the University of Nigeria in 2000 as Lecturer II and rose to the rank of a Professor in 2011. Prof. Ofokansi has over 68 scholarly articles in both local and international journals to his credit in addition to a number of book chapters. He has also attended a number of local and international conferences/workshops.

 

Areas of interest/Summary of expertise

Formulation of polymer-based nano- and micro-particulate drug delivery systems; novel controlled delivery of various pharmaceutical actives; targeted drug delivery and formulation and delivery of proteins and peptide-based drugs, transdermal drug delivery systems, solid dispersions and lipid-based colloidal delivery systems.

Prof. Ofokansi has expertise in bioanalytical techniques, cell culture and handling of laboratory animals. He has designed and conducted research in the areas of novel drug delivery and analytical methods development, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, pharmaceutical applications of ex vivo systems to study drug absorption from bioadhesive systems, polymer-based nanoparticles and microparticles. He has skills in biopharmaceutics and pharmaceutical microbiological techniques. Prof. Ofokansi has conducted experiments involving the use of Caco-2 cell to study intestinal drug absorption from nanoparticulate drug delivery systems.

 

Membership of Professional Bodies

 

  1. Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).
  2. Member, Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA).
  3. Member, West African Society of Pharmacology (WASP).
  4. Member, Controlled Release Society (CRS).
  5. Member, International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology (APV).

 

 

 

 

 

  1. . CURRICULUM VITAE: Ogbuji Comfort Nwozichi

Surname:                    Ogbuji             Other Names:            Comfort Nwozichi

Date of Birth:             5th July, 1950

Marital Status:           Married

Home town:               Asa                  Local Govt. of Origin:            Ukwu-West

State of Origin:          Abia                Nationality:     Nigerian

Contact Address:                              Dept. Human Kinetics and Public Health Education,

University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Phone: 07038577075

E-mail: comfort.ogbuji@unn.ed.ng

Educational Qualification:

B.Sc.   Health and Physical Edu.       UNN               1983

M.Ed   Guidance and Counseling       UNN               1989

M.Ed   Health Education                    UNN               1999

M.Ed   Health Education                    UNN               2009

Professional Qualification:

Registered Nurse (R.N)

Registered Midwife (R.M)

Work Experience:     Senior Lecturer UNN

Publications:              over thirty articles in reputable journals

 

  1. DR CHIDOZIE CHARLES: Resume

Chidozie Charles Nnaji is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nigeria. He holds a PhD, an M.Eng. and B.Eng in Civil Engineering (Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Option). As a specialist in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, he has consulted for some Nigerian Universities and organizations on integrated solid waste management, design and construction of sewage treatment systems and waste stabilization ponds, hydrological and hydraulic analysis for mitigation of gully erosion and hydro-geological investigation for the dam construction. Charles has to his credit over 25 journal peer-reviewed articles in these fields. His research interests cover water quality monitoring, water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, hydrology, soil and groundwater pollution, environmental impact assessment, solid waste management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. CURRICULUM VITAE

     CHUKWUONE, CHIAMAKA ADAOBI                  

 

 

 

CONTACT ADDRESS

Correspondence        Department of Vocational Teacher Education – Home Economics Unit

University of Nigeria

Address:                              Nsukka

                                                Enugu State, Nigeria.

E-mail:                  chiamaka.chukwuone@unn.edu.ng

Tel.                                        +234-80-57310039 or +234-80-38750179

EDUCATION

 

Post Graduate Qualification

University of Nigeria

PhD Home Economics – Clothing/Textile                                         July 2013

University of Nigeria

M.Ed Home Economics – Clothing/Textile                                                             Sept. 2004

First Degree

University of Nigeria

B.Sc Home Economics – Upper Second Class                                       June 1999

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

  1. Lecturer 1

Department of Vocational Teacher Education – Home Economics Unit

University of Nigeria, Nsukka                                                     February, 2008-Date

Main Duties:  Teaches undergraduate courses in Home Economics and Textile Technology, Pattern Drafting, Community Development, Basic Business Management and Research Methodology

 

Areas of Research Interest:         My research interest includes a range of Development and Technology issues, namely, Gender and Development, Poverty issues, and Entrepreneurship Development.