CU Hosts Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Research Consortium (CAPTC)
Covenant University played host to a retreat organized by Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Research Consortium (CAPTC) on research dissemination, in Canaan Land, Ota, Ogun State. The retreat began on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, and ran through Friday, June 5, 2015.
The retreat, which was initiated and organized by Professor Folakemi Odedina of the University of Florida, USA and co-ordinated by Dr. Emeka Iweala of the Department of Biological Sciences, Covenant University, had a specific goal to train researchers who are interested in prostate cancer. Not only that, it was geared towards training them on strategies for research dissemination, scientific publications and development of pilot research projects for grants.
There were a total of Nine (9) participants in attendance, comprising Urologists, Nutritionists, Biomedical and Public Health Scientists, all with interest in prostate cancer research. It also involved training sessions on research dissemination, grantsmanship, scientific publications, survey instruments and data processing and analysis by Professor Odedina. The team later paid a courtesy visit to the Management of the Institution at the Senate Building of the University.
The highlights of the meeting included networking and training sessions on research dissemination, grant writing, scientific publications and pilot research proposals on prostate Cancer. Participants’ made presentations on pilot research projects, scientific studies and publications. It also involved development of pilot research proposals by participants and an award of grants worth $1,000 each to three selected pilot research proposals by Professor Folakemi Odedina. Two of the selected pilot projects was awarded to Covenant University researchers from department of Biological Sciences, while the third one was awarded to a researcher from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). The team members are to collaborate on all the selected pilot projects; tour of laboratory facilities at the department of Biological Science of Covenant University. There was a proposal to host a specialized molecular biology workshop and translational research on cancer by Covenant University in 2015. This will be in collaboration with International organizations including the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Research Consortium (CAPTC) and the University of Florida, USA.
Dr. E.E.J Iweala of the department of Biological Sciences will present the proposal to the US NCI during his proposed visit to NCI in July, 2015 for the summer curriculum programme. There would be a model development for effective grant administration at Covenant University and other participating institutions, as well as an establishment of a standard functional IRB at all the participating institutions. Moreover, a proposal was developed, to set up a National Cancer Foundation to support prostate cancer research in Nigeria and to foster increased Institutional collaboration on Prostate Cancer Research in Nigeria starting with Covenant University, FMC Abeokuta, and FUNAAB.
Speaking during the visit, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, stated, “What a joy to have your group come here for this very impactful retreat. In the words of our Chancellor, ‘Success is not about the amount of wealth amassed, but contributions you have made to mankind.’ The University is committed to raising a new generation of leaders in the Life Sciences by driving excellence in teaching, research and community development.
“I am glad to know you had an eventful retreat. Covenant University has laboratories that are constantly furnished with modern scientific equipment and apparatuses for regular students’ experiments, research and specialized laboratory services. Hence, the turnout of well-trained graduates with in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills in their fields of study, providing the nation with dedicated and competent manpower as envisaged by Vision 2020.”
In her remarks, the organizer of the conference, Professor Folakemi Odedina requested the Management’s support to carry out effective research. She stated that doing effective research necessitates having pre-award and post-award support, which can only come administratively.
She also stated, “I also want to suggest that CU would need to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Medical Centre and the Federal University of Agriculture to focus on Cancer Biomedical Research and Transmissional Research. Among the three institutions, we have the right expertise and that means we have the right modelling in Ogun State.”
The participating institutions for the retreat include Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Covenant University, Ota and University of Florida, USA.