Prof. Olukayode Adebisi Dada

Prof Dada

Professor Dada currently serves as Director of the Centre for Research in Reproductive Health (CRRH) Sagamu, a non-governmental institution which also coordinates the research and research training programmes of the Nigerian National Network for Reproductive Health Research and Training.

Prof. Dada read Biochemistry at the University of Manchester, UK (1962 – 65) and thereafter proceeded to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth for a Masters degree in biochemistry (1967), and the University of Liverpool where he was awarded the PhD degree in the Faculty of Medicine, in 1970.

He returned to Nigeria in 1971 and joined the distinguished team of the Late Professor B Kwaku AdedevohFAS at the Department of Chemical Pathology, University of Ibadan as Research Fellow/Lecturer and focused his research in the area of reproductive biology.

He was appointed a Consultant Chemical Pathologist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan in 1973 and was promoted to the grade of Reader (Associate Professor) in 1980.

From 1973 to 1984, he served as coordinator of the postgraduate research training programmes in Chemical Pathology and anchored the development of the curriculum and the commencement of the M.Sc degree in Chemical Pathology in 1981. This was the first taught Masters programme in Clinical Chemistry in Nigeria.  Professor Dada has to-date, supervised scores of PhD and M.Sc candidates in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.

In 1984, he was invited to join the foundation team of the new medical programme at the Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Ogun State University as Professor and Head of the Department of Pathology and Consultant Chemical Pathologist to the Ogun State University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.  He also served the University (now known as Olabisi Onabanjo University) until August 2009, as Director for the Advancement of Research and Linkages.

Professor Dada has made valuable contributions to research, research training and postgraduate education in the Biomedical Sciences with specialization in Reproductive Health and Endocrinology and has published over 100 papers in the areas of women’s health and safe motherhood; breastfeeding and infant nutrition; management of fertility and infertility; prevention and management of cancers of the reproductive systems; ethics in health care and biomedical research.

Professor Dada has served the World Health Organization (Special Programme of Research Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) at various times as Temporary Adviser in the from 1978 to the present. He is also a member of the National Reproductive Health Working Group, an advisory body of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health. He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science; a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (USA);  a foundation member of the Association of Clinical Chemists of Nigeria (ACCN) and served for several years in the Executive Committee of the Association; a recipient in 2009, of the ACCN’s Merit Award for contribution to the practice of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine; and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nigerian HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society.