Eric Akum Achidi

University of Buea, Cameroon


Eric Akum Achidi received a B.S. degree (with honors) in biochemistry from the Faculty of Science of the University of Ilorin Nigeria in 1987 and then an M.S. degree in chemical pathology in 1991 at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree in chemical pathology (immunology option) in 1994 from the University of Ibadan. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of chemical pathology and immunology at the University of Buea, and as the Vice-Dean of studies, research, and student affairs and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (June 2011 to date). He has devoted his scientific career on research on malaria in Africa. Overall, his research interest is in the area of immune responses to malaria particularly to malaria in pregnancy and maternal-foetal-neonatal immune interactions; factors that influence susceptibility of newborns during early childhood to malaria; understanding the mechanisms for the pathogenesis of severe malaria in children particularly the roles played by specific antibodies and cytokine gene polymorphisms (host factors/host genetics); evaluating the efficacy of antimalarial drugs in vivo and using parasite molecular and human immunological markers to predict/monitor drug resistance; health research ethics and lately clinical trials. He has received several research project grant awards mainly from UNDP/World bank/WHO research capacity strengthening grant scheme, MIM/TDR, International Atomic Energy Agency, the Grand Challenges in Global Health funding scheme, EDCTP, and European Union.

Biography Updated on 18 April 2012

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