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Oni Tolullah

Elected: 2018

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Medical & Health Sciences


Tolu Oni is a Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit. She was until June 2018 an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, where she retains an honorary appointment. She leads the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), and her urban health research takes a pan-African approach to providing evidence to support implementation of healthy public policies, and translation of research findings into policy and practice through collaboration with researchers and practitioners across disciplines and sectors. 

She has published her work on HIV, TB, infectious/NCD multimorbidity and urban health (H-Index 20; Citations 2955) in high impact journals including Nature and PLOS Medicine. Profiled in the Lancet in 2016 (Tolullah Oni: public health specialist with a global ambition. Lancet. 2016;387:1712), and featured in Science in 2018 (, she has received several awards in recognition of her research including the South African National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Emerging Researcher award, and the Carnegie Corporation “Next Generation of African Academics award. She is a Next Einstein Forum Fellow, a Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS) Iso Lomso Fellow, a member of the World Economic Forum Africa Strategic Group, and co-Chair of the Global Young Academy. She serves on several steering committees including the International Science Council Programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing, and the Future Earth Advisory Council. She is an Editorial Board member of several international journals including Cities and Health journal, the Journal of Urban Health, and Lancet Planetary Health. She also works to promote science and research as key drivers of development in Africa through a coordinated approach between science, policy and society role players, to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal challenges.