Bosede Afolabi

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Bosede Afolabi

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Bosede Afolabi is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with a confirmed faculty position at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL), Lagos, Nigeria. She has interests in maternal and fetal medicine, minimal access surgery, and medical education, and is passionate about reducing maternal mortality.

Internationally recognized for her research in sickle-cell pregnancy, Prof. Bosede Afolabi is a professor and consultant obstetrician & gynaecologist. She has trained both in Nigeria and the UK and holds a first medical degree (M.B.Ch.B) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as well as a Doctorate in Medicine (DM) from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Professionally she is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists UK, the West African College of Surgeons and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria

Education

She graduated as a doctor (MBChB) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1992 and got her postgraduate qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MRCOG), UK, the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCOG). 

She had her O&G training in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. She also obtained a postgraduate doctorate in Medicine (DM) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2011 for a doctoral thesis measuring and exploring the determinants of plasma volume expansion in sickle cell pregnant women.

Academic and Research Experience

Professor Afolabi is the PI of a $ 2.5 million USD grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant (BMGF Investment ID-017271) for a randomised controlled trial of intravenous versus oral iron for the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy. She is also the PI of a N38,500,000 (~100,000 USD) TETFUND (TET- Fund/DR&D/CE/NRF/STI/28/Vol1) Nigeria grant for a randomised controlled trial of aspirin for preventing IUGR and preeclampsia in sickle cell pregnancy and a co-In- vestigator and E-learning coordinator on a $3.2million USD Fogarty/NIH grant (no 5D43TW010134-03) grant for improving research, teaching and mentoring skills in junior and mid-level faculty at her institution. She has certificates in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Harvard T Chan School of Public Health and coordinates and teaches courses on Research Design and Methodology, Mentoring, E-Learning and Responsible Conduct of Research respectively, to junior and mid-career lecturers at the College.

She has supervised over 20 postgraduate and PhD theses and authored 86 publications, including 6 Cochrane systematic reviews, multicentre studies in the Lancet and BMJ Global Health, studies in sickle cell pregnancy in PLoS One and the Journal of the Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone system. Her focus is on maternal medicine and sickle cell pregnancy and she runs one of the largest sickle cell pregnancy clinics in Nigeria.

Prof. B. B. Afolabi’s academic career started at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL), where she rose from the position of Lecturer II at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, (CMUL) in October 1999 to the position of Lecturer I in September 2002. She became a Senior Lecturer in October 2004, an Associate Professor in October 2010 and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in November 2016. She is the current Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, CMUL / LUTH, a position she attained in August 2018, and is a Member of the Senate of the University of Lagos. She has received 14 awards and fellowships to attend various academic and research trainings in the UK and the USA from various organisations.

Awards & Recognition

She won a full tuition scholarship for her Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Nottingham, UK and an Ethicon Prize for the best overall presentation at the 2007 West African College of Surgeons Conference, Dakar, Senegal. She received 2 prizes – the Professor JB Lawson prize and Dr Majekodunmi prize as the best candidate in the part II fellowship exam of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the best overall candidate in the same exam, in 2001.

Her more recent accolades and awards include an Eisenhower Fellowship, USA, 2014 (a 60-year old organization headed by General Colin Powell followed by Secretary Robert Gates) for emerging global leaders involving a 7-week fully sponsored trip to various organisations of interest in the USA. She was featured on CNN African Voices in 2013, a 30-minute program that ‘highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities on the continent and in the diaspora every week’, for her research in sickle cell pregnancy, as well as her teaching, research and efforts towards reducing maternal mortality. She was the 6th Victor Anomah Ngu lecturer at the 53rd Annual Scientific Conference of the West African College of Surgeons in Lome, Togo (2013) where she presented work on her sickle cell doctoral thesis.

She sits on the Board of and gives direction to the Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF) Laboratory and Maternity Centre, a private maternity centre situated in the University of Lagos. She is also a Board Member and Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ekiti State.

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