Neuroscience Education and Research Group

Neuroscience Education and Research Group


Main Research Focus of the RG: Research and Education activities to promote Neuroprotective practices

Title of most recent research project: Exploration of neuroprotective plants

and natural products against environmental toxins

Name of the Coordinator: Emmanuel A. Esom, Ph.D

UNN email address of the RG:

UNN email address of the coordinator:

Current webpage of the RG:

Phone number of the RG: 234 809 0153 777

Phone number of the coordinator: +234 808 6685 967

Base Faculty/Institute/Center of the RG: Basic Medical Sciences

Department of the Coordinator: Anatomy Department

Headshot of the coordinator (not mandatory)

List of members with their primary research focus:

  • Dr Emmanuel A. Esom – Neuroprotection, natural products, environmental neurotoxicology and movement disorders
  • Prof Joy E. Ikekpeazu – Neurochemistry and brain gut axis
  • Dr Augustine U Agu – Clinical Neurosciences and education
  • Dr Nto J. Nto – Natural products and neuroprotection
  • Dr Samuel Chime – Neuropharmacology
  • Dr Chinaza Uguru – Neurophysiology and Neurobehaviour
  • Dr Elizabeth Finbarrs-Bello – Natural products and Environmental Neurotoxicology
  • Dr Vivian Orjiakor – Neurotoxicology and neuroprotection


Key publications from research group since 2019:

  • Rademene Oria, Anyanwu Emeka, Emmanuel Esom, Johnson Nto, Amechi Katchy, Augustine Agu, Omamuyovwi Ijomone. Modulatory role of curcumin on cobalt-induced cognitive deficit, hippocampal oxidative damage, astrocytosis, and Nrf2 expression. 2023; Neurotoxicity Research
  • Emmanuel A. Esom, Nnaemeka E. Akpu, Vivian Ojiakor, Augustine Agu, Nto Johnson, Samuel Chime, Emeka Anyanwu. Effect of Ethanolic Extract of Aju Mbaise on the Histomorphology of the Hippocampus and the Hypothalamus of Adult Wistar Rats Exposed to High-Fat Diet. 2022; Tropical Journal of Natural Products Research 6(10): ISSN 2616-0692, Available online at
  • Nto Johnson Nto, Chike I Patrick Anibeze, Elizabeth Finbarrs-Bello, Emmanuel Anayochukwu Esom, Uloaku Akubueze Nto-Ezimah. Phytochemical Composition and Acute Oral Toxicity Study of Ethanolic Extract of Root of Plumbago Zeylanica. 2021; Der Pharma Chemica, 13(10): 16-19
  • Vivian Atuadu, Ben-Azu Benneth, John Oyem, EA Esom, Chris Mba, Kate Nebo, Godswill Ezemeka and Chike Anibeze. Adansonia digitata L. Leaf Extract Attenuates Lead Induced Cortical Histoarchitectural Changes and Oxidative Stress in the Prefrontal Cortex of Adult Male Wistar Rats. 2020; Drug Metabolism and Personalized Therapy.
  • Anyanwu GE, Atuadu VO, Esom, EA, Katchy AU. Putative Role of Monoaminergic Systems in Antidepressant-Like and Anxiolytic Effects of Naringin in Mice: An Interaction Study with Receptor Antagonists. 2021; Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International; 33(47B): 661 – 676. DOI: 10.9734/JPRI/2021/v33i47B33168
  • Finbarrs-Bello E, EA Esom, Agu CG. Melatonin ablate Astrogliosis in Status Epilepticus Model: An Adjuvant to Anticonvulsant Therapy. 2021; Era’s Journal of Medical Research 8(1): 1-6
  • Emeka G Anyanwu, Vivian O Atuadu, Anthony A Egwuatu, Christian E MBAH, Chiadikaobi L Ozoemena and EA Esom. Effect of ethanolic rind extract of Citrullus lanatus on hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis structures, sexual behaviour and hormones of female Wistar rats. 2021; Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry; 10(4): 60-65ss