ACEPRD HISTORY


Introduction

The Africa Centre of Excellence in Phytomedicine Research and Development (ACEPRD) was established in 2014 through a World Bank alliance between the regional governments of West Africa, to harness the untapped potentials of collaboration among African researchers with the focus of creating a sustainable agenda for health innovation in Nigeria and Africa.

Phytomedicine is the key to providing significantly for the discovery of new medicines. This the centre will contribute through testing of medicinal herbs, microorganisms and fungi in our ecosystem for lead molecules, and creating a comprehensive regional and national repository that will serve as a research tool for the academia and industry in drug development.

The repository will provide equal access to scientific excellence and building capacity to support public health development in Africa by connecting, computing and biomedical software for phytomedicine data storage and information to pharmaceutical industries on lead compounds from microorganisms, fungi and plants. The centre will initiate the application of phytomedicine to boost the treatment of neglected tropical diseases using state-of-the-art technologies in less time and less cost.

Objective

The main objective of the Centre is to achieve excellence in educational training and applied research in drug discovery, production and management of phytomedicine, clinical pharmacology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical microbiology and bioinformatics and genomics.

Challenges

The Regional health challenges of the new millennium requires innovative thinking and cutting edge technological research ingenuity with focus on reducing the high cost and non-availability of some vital medicines to manage African neglected diseases. Exploring our biodiversity and opportunities for the cultivation, preservation, development of regional bio-economy, biological models and new technologies to provide specific solutions in the healthcare and fostering economic potential is the conceptual framework tool for boosting the development of phytomedicine and drug market in Africa. Research and development will pave the way for strengthening competitiveness of our pharmaceutical industries with that of the Western World. Our research capacity development philosophy is to empower both staff and students with knowledge, skills and expertise to contribute to academic, socioeconomic and cultural development.

Academic Programs of ACEPRD

The ACEPRD supports the following postgraduate programs within the university of Jos: Postgraduate Diploma (PGD); Masters (M. Sc.) and Masters /Doctor of Philosophy (MPhil/PhD) in:

  1. Clinical Pharmacy
  2. Pharmaceutical Technology
  3. Plant Science and Technology
  4. Microbiology
  5. Pharmacognosy.
  6. Pharmaceutical Chemistry
These programs are domiciled in the various departments of the Faculties of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Medical Sciences, University of Jos.

Training

The training program is aimed at equipping and offering an ideal research environment to young researchers in various levels, postgraduate, postdoctoral and junior scientists. Building capacity and skills in institutional project management to enable students who are critical thinkers and problem solvers with professional disposition take the lead in their areas of need and technological ingenuity.

ACEPRD Laboratories

The Centre has laboratories equipped with state of the art machines and facilities for research work with competent staff who manage the laboratories.

Students can access laboratory facilities at the Centre, which is located at the University of Jos Senior Staff Quarters on Road 4, as well as at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Laboratory consumables, chemicals and reagents are usually available at the various workstations. Students sponsored by the Centre will not pay bench fees; in addition they will enjoy support to write publications from their dissertation/thesis.
 

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