NIEHS Postdoctoral Fellow Examines Interactions between Environmental and Social Exposures in Nigeria
Musa Kana, M.D., Ph.D., an African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) fellow at NIEHS, is investigating how environmental and social factors interact to affect health over the course of the lifespan. Kana is one of 10 African scientists selected to be an APTI fellow, and his training at NIEHS is preparing him to lead a birth study in his home country of Nigeria.
Coordinated by the NIH Fogarty International Center and supported by the NIH, the African Academy of Sciences, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the APTI aims to build global research capacity by strengthening ongoing scientific partnerships between the NIH and African investigators and institutions.
During his four-year fellowship, Kana will spend two years working in the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch and then return to his host institution, Federal University Lafia, for the remaining two. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me to work at one of the best biomedical laboratories in the world. I’m working with the top scientists and have access to cutting-edge scientific infrastructure that will advance my research and career,” said Kana. “This is an opportunity not only for me to take in all of this knowledge and experience, but to share it with other African scientists when I return back home to Nigeria.”