Covenant, Florida Varsities to Establish Medical Research Centre
Covenant University and one of her collaborating institutions, University of Florida, Gainsville, USA, will soon establish a Centre for Medication Use Research.
This was a fall out from the discussions on Friday, July 12, 2013, when a representative of the University of Florida, Professor Folakemi Odedina, visited Covenant University.
Professor Odedina who was accompanied by Professor Richard Segal was attending a Medical Conference organised by Ace Medicare Clinics Limited in Covenant University, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor.
The discussions centred on ways through which both institutions could easily commence the implementation of some areas of the MoU and this brought to fore the need to establish a Centre for Medication Use Research.
Professor Richard Segal, who is the Chair of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacology, University of Florida, had earlier observed the dearth of data to help guide the Nigerian health system. The Professor of Pharmacology, with interest in Medical Safety, said his College was interested in why people take or do not take medicines.
The Registrar, Covenant University, Dr. Ubong Ntia, who is also a trained medical doctor, said though Covenant University does not have a Department of Pharmacology yet, work can be done with those in the Department of Sociology and Demography to collect data in any area of interest.
Both parties therefore agreed on setting up of Centre for Medication Use Research and related research laboratories in Covenant University, thereby making the University a hub where others would turn to for help in their own areas of interest.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles K. Ayo, promised that the University would hit the ground running on the agreed Centre for Medication Use Research.
Professor Ayo also seized the opportunity to announce the plans of the University to set up a Centre for Leadership and African Studies to be coordinated by a Professor from Stanford University. This, according to him, was the best way to kick start the exchange programme with the University of Florida and other foreign students.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that one of the results of his visit to the University of Florida was the adoption of a Three-Semesters Session in order to enjoy the Summer Exchange as provided for in the MoU.
He appreciated Professor Folakemi Odedina and other members of the University Florida team for fast tracking the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.