Emmanuel Oni Idigbe, PhD
Director (Research), Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Cordinator - TB/HIV Programmes, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
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Research interest areas: Health systems strengthening for effective TB and HIV services, innovative approaches for enhancing TB case detection rates in hard-to-reach communities, MDR-TB and resistance to antiretroviral drugs
Potential opportunities for collaboration: As the current coordinator of the TB/HIV programmes at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, the potential opportunities are in the areas of: 1) Drug-Resistance TB (MDR/XDR); 2) Clinical trails for newer anti-TB drugs; 3) Molecular Biology methods for TB diagnosis, and epidemiology; 4) Evaluation of innovative diagnostic techniques and clinical management strategies; 5) Incidence studies in HIV/AIDS; 6) Molecular studies on Hepatitis B and C patients; 7) Community HIV and TB studies; 8) Strategies for decentralization of health care delivery through tertiary, secondary to primary health facilities.
Biography: Professor Emmanuel Oni Idibge was the immediate past Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Lagos, Nigeria, a position he held for 8 years from 2000-2008. Currently he is the Director of Research for the same Institute. Professor Idigbe is a Medical Microbiologist by training and his primary research interests are in the areas of Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, TB/HIV coinfections, sexually Transmitted Diseases and Oral Health. Professor Idigbe established the National Reference Laboratory for HIV as well as the National Reference Laboratory for Tuberculosis in Nigeria. In the early 1990s, he developed and established a database for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. He further carried out a comparative study on the evaluation of the efficiency of branded versus generic antiretroviral drugs in the clinical management of HIV/AIDS. He pioneered the first national survey of Multi-drug Resistant TB in Nigeria.
Professor Idigbe is the co-investigator of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programme at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in Lagos, where over 14,000 patients are currently receiving antiretroviral treatment. He also serves as the grant administrator for some of the PEPFAR projects in Nigeria. He is currently the chairman of the National Committee for Multi-Drug Resistant TB in Nigeria and has established structures for routine surveillance of MDR-TB in the country. He is the Principal Investigator for the on-going International Association of National Public Health Institute (IANPHI) grant for the establishment of a network of TB Molecular Biology Laboratories across Nigeria. Professor Idibge is also the Principal Investigator of the EDCTP grant for capacity development for clinical trials for HIV, TB and Malaria in the Nigeria. In early 2000, he initiated the development of training modules on antiretroviral drugs. Using these modules, hundreds of various cadre of health care providers have been and are still being trained on the proper use of anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria. Over the years he has supervised several students on their M.Sc and Ph.D programmes.
Professor Idigbe currently serves on the Executive Boards of several National and International health based organizations some of these include the National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), AID Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), Human Development and Public Health Initiative (HUDPHI) and African Health International. He is a member of the Advisory Board on Health Research and Development to the WHO Regional Director for Africa (WHO/AFRO) and serves on the Scientific Review committees of several national and International grant awarding organizations.
Professor Idigbe joined the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in 1979 as a Research fellow II after his Ph.D programme at the University of Glasgow. He has had 31 years service at the Nigeria Institute Medical Research during which he rose through the various research appointments and became the Director-General of the Institute in 2000; a position he held until 2008. In the past 35 years of his research and academic career, he served as a lecturer in Medical Microbiology in the University of Glasgow and University of Lagos. He is presently the Director of Research in NIMR Lagos and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University in Chicago in May 2010. Professor Idigbe has been a recipient of over 20 national and international grants. He has also received several fellowship grants and awards of excellence. He presently has 112 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
This page last updated Nov 1, 2011