Oyewale Tomori
Tomori Oyewale

Oyewale Tomori, President, Nigerian Academy of Science, was the pioneer Vice-Chancellor (2004-2011), at the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK), Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and Foundation Fellow, Nigeria College of Veterinary Surgeons, He is a 2002 recipient of the Nigeria National Order of Merit (NNOM), Nigeria’s highest award for academic, intellectual attainment and national development. During the period 1971-1994, at the University of Ibadan, he worked in virtually every state of Nigeria assisting in the investigation and control of disease outbreaks, including Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, Chikungunya and other arbovirus infections in Nigeria, including Zika virus infection.  He went on to elucidate the properties of a virus - Orungo virus- , which he registered with the International Committee of Virus Taxonomy. As a US Fogarty International Research Fellow between 1980 and 1981, he developed, while working at the US CDC, Atlanta, and a unique diagnostic virus neutralization test for the Lassa fever. He received US DHHS Public Health Service Certificate for contribution to Lassa Fever Research.In 1994, he became the Regional Virologist (WHO Africa Region). During the ten year tenure, he set up the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network, comprising of 16 laboratories, providing diagnostic support to the global polio eradication initiative.  The Network became the forerunner of other regional diagnostic laboratory networks for measles, yellow fever, and other viral hemorrhagic fevers. He was involved in the investigations of outbreaks of Yellow fever, Ebola Marburg hemorrhagic fever infections in Liberia, DR Congo and Uganda between 1995 and 2004.Professor Tomori has served and currently serves on several national and international advisory bodies: Nigeria National Task Force on Epidemic Diseases; Expert Working Group (EWG) for the Development of National Laboratory Services Policy; Nigeria Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunization. At the international level, Dr. Tomori is a member of the US-IOM Committee on Sustainable Global Surveillance of zoonotic diseases; US-IOM Committee on identifying and prioritizing new preventive vaccines for development; WHO Africa Regional Certification Committee (ARCC) for Poliomyelitis Eradication;  WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research; WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE); Co-Chairman, African Science Academies’ Study Team on Country Ownership of Africa’s Development – Post 2015 plan on MDGs. He also serves on the Board of Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). Vice Chairman, Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future. He is currently, Chairman of the National Lassa Fever Control Committee Dr. Tomori has authored and co-authored more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and he could be a prolific commentator on public issues, especially on science and education.  

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