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USciences Hosts Fulbright Scholar Studying Drugs to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases

By Nicole Carrera

Published on April 13, 2020

Dr. Taiwo ElufioyeAdeboye Adejare, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is hosting a Fulbright Scholar, Taiwo Olayemi ElufioyePhD, from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, where Dr. Adejare also holds an adjunct faculty position. The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program which is sponsored by the United States government. It allows for international collaborations in research, teaching, and other scholarly activities. 

Dr. Elufioye is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Ibadan, and focuses her research on natural product drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Her work has earned her publications in numerous reputable journals, as well as the Elsevier Award for women in science. She is continuing this research here at USciences, and is currently working to assess Nigerian medicinal plants in relation to their potential for memory enhancement using in vitro and in vivo methods. 

Prior to shutdowns due to COVID-19, Dr. Elufioye spent a large amount of time in the lab, but has since had to shift her focus. She and Dr. Adejare are using this time to write book chapters, manuscripts, and grant applications until the pandemic is over. Dr. Elufioye also notes that due to social distancing guidelines, the inter-cultural interaction aspect of the Fulbright Program has taken on a new meaning in the form of remote interactions. 

Dr. Elufioye shares that being a Fulbright Scholar was one of her career aspirations, and she is grateful that it has been realized. She encourages anyone thinking of applying to the program to “go for it.” For UScienes, Dr. Adejare shares that hosting a Fulbright Scholar “puts USciences amongst the top universities in the nation that are privileged to host such programs.” 

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