- A Nigerian oncologist who practises in the US has been called up to a new leadership position
- Adekunle Odunsi, author of about 360 books and publications, becomes the new director of the UChicago Medical Comprehensive Centre
- Odunsi is the brain behind the creation of antigen-specific vaccine therapy and adoptive T-cells immunotherapies which sought to reduce the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer in women
The United States' UChicago Medical Comprehensive Cancer Centre has appointed a Nigerian Adekunle Odunsi as its new director.
The publication announced by UChicago Medicine and seen by Legit.ng reads:
"Adekunle "Kunle" Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG, an expert in immunotherapy and vaccine therapy for cancer, has been appointed director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center effective March 1, 2021."
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He will also serve as the Division Dean for Oncology and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology of biological sciences at the University of Chicago.
Odunsi may yet become the first Nigerian to step into such a medical leadership role, but he is no newbie in the oncology medical terrain.
The graduate of the University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University [OAU], Ile-Ife, Osun State with a PhD degree from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories in the US, has more than 360 books and publications to his credit.
He led the successful research that developed the anti-gen specific vaccine therapy and "next-generation" T-cells immunotherapies that remission ovarian cancer in women.
Reacting to his appointment, Odunsi said he is thrilled and honoured to be considered for such role and expressed optimism at the vast possibilities that will come to manifest with his appointment in synergy with other officers.
“With the exceptional reputation for cutting-edge cancer research, compassionate state-of-the-art cancer care and culture of innovation throughout the UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, there are limitless possibilities as to what we can accomplish together.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported earlier on how a Nigerian man, Kelechi Madu, was appointed minister of justice in Canada.
The Canadian-Nigerian who will also double as the solicitor-general for the Province of Alberta said he dreams of an Africa where hard work and merit will be rewarded.
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