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2018 NAS Gold Medal Awards: Three Nigerian Scientists emerged Co-winners for Life Sciences Prize


7 January 2019

Abdullahi Tsanni


Ahead of the 2018 NAS Gold Medal Awards three distinguished scientists have emerged co-winners of the 2018 Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) Gold Medal Prize for Life Sciences, says a press release.


The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) prides itself as the foremost independent scientific body in Nigeria which was established in 1977 and dedicated to the development and advancement of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in Nigeria.


“The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) is pleased to award the 2018 NAS Gold Medal Prize for Life Sciences to three distinguished Nigerian Scientists as Co-winners for this year 2018: Professor Wasiu Lanre Adeyemo from University of Lagos, Dr. Emmanuel Oluwadare Balogun from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Professor Temidayo Ogundiran from University of Ibadan, for their significant scientific achievements in using the cutting edge and expertise of molecular genetics to understand the basis of cleft lip and palate (CLP) in sub-Saharan Africa, the indigenous application of a template for developing transgenic tse-tse flies to achieve biological control of trypanosomiasis and advanced an original contribution to the understanding of genetic disparity in cancer between people of African decent and other races.


“The scientific merits of the work of these three Co-winners are all in the forefront of research in the area of molecular genetics and biotechnology addressed to solving significant health problems affecting mankind,” says a public announcement by NAS.


President of NAS, Professor Mosto Onuoha (FAS) shall present the Award Medals to the recipients during a ceremony scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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