Medical & Health Sciences
Dr. Olamide Adebiyi is a senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Her PhD thesis focused on ameliorating cognitive deficits and central nervous system damages induced by vanadium (a metal in Nigeria’s crude oil) was awarded the best PhD thesis at the University of Ibadan in 2017. She was a visiting researcher at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA under the Fulbright Program sponsored by the US Department of States where she investigated the role of adenosine receptor subtypes in regulating oligodendrocytes functions in cuprizone model of multiple sclerosis. Her research is focused on search for cognitive enhancing and neuroprotective agents from medicinal plant that could serve as novel therapies in heavy metal-induced neurotoxicity and neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis. To accomplish this, she uses variety of methodological approaches and rodent species (behavioral assessment, immunological (IHC/IFA) assays, microscopy and genetically modified mouse model) and techniques for the specific question at hand.
Another primary area of her research is investigating the effects of changing climate on neurodevelopment and behaviour. The goal is to investigate changes associated with fluctuations in climatic condition in utero till adulthood. This study is very important as the findings will add to the epidemiological evidence of global warming on health risks with reference to pregnant subjects and neonates.
Amongst several awards, she recently received the Young Investigator Education Enhancement Award by the American Society of Neurochemistry (2020). Her laboratory is being supported by grants from International Brain Research Organization and International Society of Neurochemistry.