Courtesy Visit (NAPAC Foundation, MABO Foundation, & NIDCOM)

Representatives of the Nigerian-American Public Affairs Committee (NAPAC) Foundation, MABO Foundation, and Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General of NIMR Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako on 21st of June, 2022.

The visit is centred on exploring brain gain and collaborating with NIMR on a possible transfer of technical expertise or technology skills from renowned experts in the diaspora in the areas of basic, clinical, traditional complementary and alternative medicine research, and drug discoveries in infectious diseases, diabetes, and cancers. And also in providing technical support in the areas of DNA recombinant technology in the space of vaccinology and sourcing of funding equipment to support new and ongoing research endeavours in the institution.

In his response, Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako, DG-NIMR, highlighted some of the innovative efforts of making NIMR a leading medical research institute in the sub-Saharan region. The team commended the conducive working environment, research outputs, and modern-equipped laboratories necessary to forge international collaborations.

Anti-corruption Transparency (ACTU) Unit in NIMR

A one-day workshop was organized on the 20th of April 2022 to sensitize junior and middle-level staff of the institute on awareness and the activities of the Anti-corruption Transparency (ACTU) Unit in NIMR.

The team was led by Professor Rosemary Audu.

Strengthening the NIMR-MTN Foundation partnership.

Following the laudable donation of an Oligo synthesizer equipment to NIMR by the MTN Foundation in 2021, The Director-General of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako held a joint meeting with the NIMR Oligosynthesis Laboratory Team and the management of the MTN Foundation represented by the Executive Secretary, Mrs Sanya Odunayo on the 20th April 2022 to give a progress report of Oligonucleotides that have been synthesized in NIMR. Challenges faced after the installation of the machine, actions taken, as well as sustainability plans, were part of the highlights of the meeting.

The meeting also provided the opportunity to identify ways to strengthening the NIMR-MTN Foundation partnership.

Comprehensive health advocacy and screening of food handlers/consumers

NIMR with the support of Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Hon. Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, National Assembly, Abuja officially flagged off a project on comprehensive health advocacy and screening of food handlers/consumers from selected local government areas in Lagos State, Nigeria today, 5th May 2022.

The project is led by Dr. Raheem Toyosi of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department, NIMR.

The activities of the event included symposium on food as a potential vehicle for diseases, and comprehensive health screening of food handlers/consumers.