Two Nigerians Elect As Members of America-based National Academy of Medicine class of 2018
Two Nigerians Elect As Members of America-based National Academy of Medicine class of 2018

Two Nigerians Elect As Members of America-based National Academy of Medicine class of 2018.

The America-based National Academy of Medicine has announced two Nigerians among the 85 members elected for its class of 2018.

The two Nigerians are Charles N. Rotimi and Kunle Odunsi, both of whom are professors of medicine based in the United States of America.

The release, signed by the Academy’s Media Relations Officer, Dana Korsen, and posted on its website, states that Kunle Odunsi holds a string of degrees and fellowships– M.D., Ph.D., FRCOG, FACOG, and is a deputy director at M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, chair, department of gynecologic oncology, and executive director, Center for Immunotherapy, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York.

Prof. Odunsi was elected into the prestigious Academy “For identifying key mechanisms of immune suppression within the ovarian tumor micro environment, pioneering studies to re-engineer mature T cells and hematopoietic stem cells for adoptive T cell therapy, and implementing multi-institutional immunotherapy trials using novel strategies that he developed, to impact outcome and quality of life of ovarian cancer patients,” the release states.

Prof. Charles N. Rotimi (Ph.D.) is chief and senior investigator, Metabolic, Cardiovascular, and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch, and director, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland,” and was elected on account of his “groundbreaking research in African and African ancestry populations, providing new insights into the genetic and environmental contributors to a variety of important clinical conditions, as well as health disparities locally and globally.”

The Academy had announced the election of 75 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting on Monday.

The release states that election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

“This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly remarkable set of scholars and leaders whose impressive work has advanced science, improved health, and made the world a better place for everyone,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau.

“Their expertise in science, medicine, health, and policy in the U.S. and around the globe will help our organization address today’s most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care. It is my privilege to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine,” Dzau added

New members are elected by current members through a process that recognises individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. A diversity of talent among NAM’s membership is assured by its Articles of Organisation, which stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions — for example, from such fields as law, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities.

The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to 2,178 and the number of international members to 159.

Established originally as the Institute of Medicine in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine, and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors.

NAM works alongside the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding. With their election, NAM members make a commitment to volunteer their service in National Academies activities