Prof. Adesola OGUNNIYI

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Name: Prof. Adesola OGUNNIYI


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NAME: OGUNNIYI, Adesola                              Position Title:  Professor of Medicine (Neurology)

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION                             DEGREE         YEARS(s)       FIELD OF SYUDY

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria      B.Sc(Hons)              1995    Health Science
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria      MBChB                    1978    Medicine

University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria         FMCP                      1985    Int. Medicine 


University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria        FWACP                    1991    Int. Medicine 

A.        Positions and Honors.


1978-1979          Internship training, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

1979-1980          Medical Officer, Saminaka General Hospital, Saminaka, Kaduna State (NYSC)

1980-1986          Residency training, (Internal Medicine) University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

1986-1987          Visiting Fellow in Neuroepidemiology, NIH, USA

1987-1988          Lecturer in Physiology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan

1987 to date:      Consultant Physician/Neurologist, University College Hospital, Ibadan

1988-1990          Lecturer in Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Consultant, Univ. Col. Hospital,   Ibadan

1990-1997          Senior Lecturer (Medicine), University of Ibadan, Nigeria

1997 to date       Professor of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; 
                         Consultant, Univ. Col. Hospital, Ibadan

2000 – 2003        Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of Ibadan; Second tenure  

2010 (Jan – March) Honorary Visiting Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University Sch. of                            Medicine, Indianapolis

2011 (Aug.1 to date): Director, Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, 
                            College of Medicine,University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria


1971-1972               Federal Government of Nigeria Bursary Award

1972-1978               Federal Government of Nigeria National Award

1986-1987               FAES Goldie Rubin Memorial Scholarship, NIH Graduate School, (Fall)

1986-1987              WHO-FIC-NINCDS International Neurosciences Fellowship Award at NIH

1991                       Bruce S. Schoenberg International Neuroepidemiology Award

1992-1988               Project Director, Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia of Elderly Research

1998 to 2009           Co-Principal Investigator, Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Research Project

1999 to date            Member, World Federation of Neurology – Research Group in  

2004                 Elected Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE)

2005                Appointed Regional Adviser (West Africa) for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

2007             Elected Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of London.

2008             Recipient of Mellon Visiting Fellowship of the University of Cape Town,
                             South Africa

2010 (Feb).    Member, Scientific Advisory Board of US National Institute of Mental Health and Global Alliance  for Chronic Diseases on Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health

2011 (Apr)     Member, World Health Organization Working Group on the Classification of  Neurocognitive Disorders.




R01-AG09956 Hall (PI)                                                                                 09/15/06 through 08/31/11

National Institute of Aging, USA

The Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Project

A comparative community-based epidemiological study of Alzheimer’s disease among African Americans and Yoruba Nigerians to identify risk factors for the disease.

Role: Co-PI (Ibadan)/Investigator                                                               - February 2009- 7/20/13

Loyola University, USA and Ibadan University, Nigeria                                     06/01/09 through 05/31/11

Genetics of Hypertension in Blacks (GWAS) Study

Study of hypertension in Blacks – a cross-cultural study for genome wide association

Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Ibadan)

1 RC2 AG036650 (Murrell) NIH                                                                           09/30/09-09/29/10                                

Genome-Wide Association Study of Cognitive Decline Among Older African Americans and Africans

CTSI (Hall)                                                                                                        March 2010

Lipid Proteins, APOE, and Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.

A pilot study conducting an exploratory analysis of the relationship between lipid proteins and Alzheimer’s disease in Indianapolis, Indiana and Ibadan, Nigeria.

RO1 AGO9956-13 (Hendrie) NIA                                                                         10/01/91 – 12/31/05

Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Project

A comparative longitudinal study of the dementias of the elderly in Indianapolis, Indiana and Ibadan, Nigeria.

Role: Director of Project (Ibadan).

GR069408MF Gureje  (PI)                                                                                           01/04/2003 – 31/03/2007

Wellcome Trust

Care of disabled elderly in a changing society

An epidemiological survey of community-dwelling elderly to determine the prevalence of disability, its impact, and the met and unmet need for care.

Role: Investigator


1.   Ogunniyi A, Osuntokun B. Relatively low prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in developing   countries  and  the racial factor in dementia research. Ethn Dis. 1991;1(4):394-5. PubMed PMID: 1842553

2.  Osuntokun BO, Sahota A, Ogunniyi AO, Gureje O, Baiyewu O, Adeyinka A, Oluwole SO, Komolafe O, Hall KS, Unverzagt FW, et al. Lack of an association between apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 andAlzheimer's disease in elderly Nigerians. Ann Neurol. 1995;38(3):463-5. PubMed PMID: 7668835.

3.   Hendrie HC, Osuntokun BO, Hall KS, Ogunniyi AO, Hui SL, Unverzagt FW, Gureje O, Rodenberg CA, Baiyewu O, Musick BS. Prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in two communities: Nigerian Africans and African Americans. Am J Psychiatry. 1995;152(10):1485-92. PubMed PMID: 7573588

4.    Lahiri DK, Xu Y, Klaunig J, Baiyewu O, Ogunniyi A, Hall K, Hendrie H, Sahota A. Effect of oxidative   stress on DNA damage and beta-amyloid precursor proteins in lymphoblastoid cell lines from a   
  Nigerian population. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1999;893:331-6. PubMed PMID: 10672260.

5.   Hall KS, Gao S, Emsley CL, Ogunniyi AO, Morgan O, Hendrie HC. Community screening interview for  dementia (CSI 'D'); performance in five disparate study sites. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000;15(6):521-31. PubMed PMID: 10861918.

6.   Hendrie HC, Ogunniyi A, Hall KS, Baiyewu O, Unverzagt FW, Gureje O, Gao S, Evans RM, Ogunseyinde  AO, Adeyinka AO, Musick B, Hui SL. Incidence of dementia and Alzheimer disease in 2 communities:  Yoruba residing in Ibadan, Nigeria, and African Americans residing in Indianapolis,Indiana. JAMA. 2001; 285(6):739-47. PubMed PMID: 11176911.

7.    Perkins AJ, Hui SL, Ogunniyi A, Gureje O, Baiyewu O, Unverzagt FW, Gao S, Hall KS, Musick 
  BS,Hendrie HC. Risk of mortality for dementia in a developing country: the Yoruba in Nigeria. 
  Int J Geriatr  Psychiatry. 2002;17(6):566-73. PubMed PMID: 12112181.

8.   Ogunniyi A, Hall KS, Baiyewu O, Gureje O, Unverzagt FW, Gao S, Hendrie HC. Caring for individuals  with dementia: the Nigerian experience. West Afr J Med. 2005;24(3):259-62. 
PubMed PMID:16276708.

9.   Hall K, Murrell J, Ogunniyi A, Deeg M, Baiyewu O, Gao S, Gureje O, Dickens J, Evans R, Smith Gamble V, Unverzagt FW, Shen J, Hendrie H. Cholesterol, APOE genotype, and Alzheimer disease: an epidemiologic study of Nigerian Yoruba. Neurology. 2006;66(2):223-7. PubMed PMID: 16434658;  PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2860622.

10.  Murrell JR, Price BM, Baiyewu O, Gureje O, Deeg M, Hendrie H, Ogunniyi A, Hall K. The fourth 
 apolipoprotein E haplotype found in the Yoruba of Ibadan. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatric 
 Genet.  2006; 141B(4):426-7. PubMed PMID: 16583434.

11.  Unverzagt FW, Sujuan Gao, Lane KA, Callahan C, Ogunniyi A, Baiyewu O, Gureje O, Hall KS, Hendrie  HC. Mild cognitive dysfunction: an epidemiological perspective with an emphasis on African Americans. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2007; 20(4):215-26. Review. PubMed PMID: 18004008; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2732396.

12.  Kalaria RN, Maestre GE, Arizaga R, Friedland RP, Galasko D, Hall K, Luchsinger JA, Ogunniyi A, Perry  EK, Potocnik F, Prince M, Stewart R, Wimo A, Zhang ZX, Antuono P; World Federation of Neurology  Dementia Research Group. Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia in developing countries:  prevalence, management, and risk factors. Lancet Neurol. 2008; 7(9):812-26. PubMed PMID:  18667359; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2860610.

13.  Ogunniyi A, Gao S, Unverzagt FW, Baiyewu O, Gureje O, Nguyen JT, Smith-Gamble V, Murrell JR,   Hake AM, Hall KS, Hendrie HC. Weight loss and incident dementia in elderly Yoruba Nigerians: a 10-  year follow-up study. Int Psychogeriatr. 2010 Aug 25:1-8. [Epub ahead of print" target="_blank" rel="noopener">

15.  Collins PY, Patel V, Joestl SS, March D, Insel TR, Daar AS; Scientific Advisory Board and the Executive Committee  
        of the Grand Challenges on Global Mental Health, Anderson W, Dhansay MA,   Phillips A, Shurin S, Walport M, 
        Ewart W, Savill SJ, Bordin IA, Costello EJ, Durkin M, Fairburn C,Glass RI, Hall W, Huang Y, Hyman SE, Jamison K, 
        Kaaya S, Kapur S, Kleinman  A, Ogunniyi A,            Otero-Ojeda A, Poo MM, Ravindranath V, Sahakian BJ, 
        Saxena  S, Singer PA, Stein DJ. Grand          challenges in global mental health.  Nature 2011;      475(7354):  
        27  -30. doi:10.1038/475027a.          PubMed PMID: 21734685.

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