Professor Adesola Ogunniyi is a clinician, researcher, neuroepidemiologist and Professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He is a Consultant Neurologist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH), and was the Director of Research and later Site Principal Investigator of the Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Study that lasted 20 years. Thereafter, he became the Principal Investigator of the Identification and Intervention for Dementia in Elderly Africans (IDEA) study funded by the Grant Challenges Canada. His research interests include the cross-cultural study of dementia, epidemiology of other neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy and stroke.
Description of Webinar:
Dementia is of global interest because of the rapid increase in both the number of individuals affected and the population at risk. It is essential that the risk factors be carefully delineated for the formulation of preventive strategies. Epigenetics refers to external modifications that turn genes "on" or "off”, and cross-cultural studies of migrant populations provide information on the interplay of environmental factors on genetic predisposition. The Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Study compared the prevalence, incidence and risk factors of dementia in African Americans and Yoruba to tease out the role of epigenetics in dementia. The presentation will provide details on biomarkers of dementia, vascular risk factors and the association with apolipoprotein E in the Yoruba. The purpose will be to inspire early career researchers on possibilities and research strategies applicable in African populations.