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Francis Umeoguaju
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« on: August 23, 2010, 06:05:57 pm »

Nigerian scientist wins national award for sleeping sickness research - (Aug, 2010 bioscience headlines)

Human African trpanosomiais  (HAT, sleeping sickness) is one of the most neglected infectious diseases of poverty. Research into the condition is underfunded and has a very low profile. The presentation of an award to a Nigerian scientist working on HAT has therefore been warmly welcomed.

Andrew Jonathan Nok – Professor of Biochemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Ahmadu Bello University – has received the Nigerian Liquefied and Natural Gas (NLNG) Nigeria Prize for Science for his entry, entitled “Functional studies on the trypanosome sialidase/trans-sialidase: prospects for DNA vaccine”.

The Nigeria Prize for Science was launched five years ago. Professor Nok this year saw off the competition from many other scientific disciplines including engineering, agriculture, biology and chemistry. The committee for the Prize said in a statement that Professor Nok’s work would form the baseline for developing DNA-based vaccines against Trypansoma.

Anya O Anya, a professor of Zoology and chairman of the Nigeria National Merit Award Committee, said Professor Nok had achieved an outstanding feat: “Sleeping sickness affects people in all parts of Africa. The big pharmaceutical companies are not interested in developing vaccines or drugs because they believe Africans cannot afford it. So, what Professor Nok has done is to start the inter and intra-disciplinary search for a solution to the disease. It is also inspiring that this study was not only done by a Nigerian but it was conducted in a Nigerian laboratory”.Read more? >>
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