FOLAKEMI ODEDINA, PhD, Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has been awarded a 2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to help expand oncology clinical trials in Africa.
Dr. Odedina will travel to South Africa to collaborate with Lynette Denny, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cape Town, to develop an Africa Virtual Oncology Platform to support oncology clinical trials. The platform will provide comprehensive information on oncology clinical trials infrastructure, resources, and registries in Africa. Project leaders will also assess the capacity and readiness of African institutions and investigators for oncology clinical trials research.
Dr. Odedina’s project is part of a broader initiative that will pair 55 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program scholars with 1 of 43 higher education institutions and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fifth year, is designed to support higher education in Africa, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term collaborations among universities in Africa, the United States, and Canada. ■