Professor Clement Barikuma Innocent Alawa TETFund National Research Fund

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Professor Clement Barikuma Innocent Alawa TETFund National Research Fund

Clement Barikuma Innocent Alawa, a Professor of Animal Health Production was born on 11th January, 1961 at Bodo-Ogoni, Rivers state. A graduate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1988, Professor Alawa holds a Masters and Doctorate degree in Animal Science from the same University in 1994 and 2003 respectively.
Professor Alawa started his career as an Assistant Research Fellow at the National Animal Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Shika- Zaria between 1989 and 1994, where he rose to the rank of a Principal Research Fellow in 2006 and became a Professor in 2009. He was a visiting Researcher at the College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA where he spent his Fulbright Fellowship year between 2001 and 2002 before joining the University of Abuja in 2013.

In the course of his career, Professor Alawa has reviewed several local and international journal articles and has over 70 publications to his credit which include articles in local and foreign journals, chapters in books in addition to conferences he attended locally and internationally where he presented papers. He is also an Associate Editor of Veterinary Parasitology Regional Studies and Reports, an Elsevier Journal based in Netherland.
Professor Alawa, also served on several committees while at ABU, Zaria and was a member of Carnegie and McArthur Foundation Research Grant winning team as well as a member Centre for Biotechnology Research and Training coordinating team. He was the chairman of the University of Abuja Convocation Planning Committee and the University of Abuja Research Grant Committee, amongst others, for three consecutive years.
Professor Alawa has worked on several internationally funded research projects such as the NAPRI-IDRC (Canada) Survey of Ethno veterinary Practices of Agro pastoralists in Nigeria (1996-2000) and the NAPRI-IAEA Project on Development and Evaluation of Animal Feed Supplementation Packages (1996-2000). He is presently involved in a collaborative research with Professor Jessica Rothman and Dr. Sagan Friant of Hunter College, City University of New York, USA on “Exploring the Links between bio diverse foods, nutritional quality and food security”.
Professor Alawa who is the currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), was until his appointment a member of the University of Abuja Governing Council. He was the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and also doubled as Deputy Dean as well as the Head, Department of Animal Health and Production between August 2014 and November 2016. He is a member of many professional bodies, including the College of Veterinary Surgeon in Nigeria where he became a Fellow in 2014.
Professor Alawa is a recipient of 2016 TETFund National Research Fund (NRF) with a research topic “Effects of Extracts of Ficus Benjamina on Hippocampal Neurogenesis in stressed laboratory rats in relation to learning and memory. The project aims at simulating the effect of psychological stress on the development of brain and neurogenesis of babies born at internally displaced persons (IDP) Camps and its potential amelioration.