I received a very kind and encouraging memo from a Past Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI), Temitayo Shokunbi, Professor of Anatomy and Consultant Neurological Surgeon and Head, Division of Neurological Surgery which reads thus:
“I am pleased to inform you that the Division of Neurological Surgery took delivery of a Brain Lab Neuronavigation system donated by our collaborators at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, led by Dr. Femi Ajani, an Associate Professor and Chief of Paediatric Neurosurgery.
The Neuronavigation system is a modern tool in Neurosurgery for facilitating intraoperative localization and tracking of brain lesion for accurate planning of placement of incision and trajectory of exposure of brain tumours and other deep lesions of the brain to facilitate optimal outcome. The market value of this equipment is in thousands of US dollars.
Dr. Ajani, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, and a colleague of Professor Adeolu currently works with the latter in a project to establish a Brain Cancer Research Collaboration in our College. This donation will facilitate and enhance that collaboration. Dr. Ajani did not only facilitate the donation of the equipment but also paid for the transportation to Lagos. Our former Chief Resident, Dr. Tolu Malomo, graciously facilitated the safe transportation to Nigeria.
The Department/Division is immensely grateful to our partners in Canada especially Dr Femi Ajani, Dr Sheila Singh and Dr. Blessing Bassey-Archipong and look forward to deepening the collaboration”.
On behalf of the Staff, Students and Alumni of CoMUI, I thank Dr. Femi Ajani and his team and all who helped to get this equipment to Ibadan. We thank Professor Shokunbi, of the CoMUI MBBS Graduation Class of 1978, for his outstanding leadership and for providing information about this wonderful donation. We also appreciate Professor Augustine Adeolu, a Neurosurgeon and Director of the College of Medicine Education Unit (CMEU) for this collaboration. We look forward to a continued partnership with McMaster University.
In the midst of great resource challenges, gifts and collaboration opportunities are a great source of encouragement to us in CoMUI and they truly help to deliver our mandate of teaching, training and service delivery.
Olayinka Omigbodun FAS, FNAMed, FAMedS
Professor of Psychiatry and Provost
CoMUI MBBS/BDS Graduating Class of 1985