Prof. Augustine Nonso Odili, MBBS, PhD, FMCP, FACC, FESC
Prof. Augustine Nonso Odili, MBBS, PhD, FMCP, FACC, FESC, TETFund Project Attracts another Grant
Augustine Odili is a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Abuja and Consultant Cardiologist University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Augustine graduated from the prestigious College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus with a distinction in Medical Physiology. He had his postgraduate training at the Jos University Teaching Hospital under the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria from where he graduated in 2006 with two awards viz the Best Part II and the Best Overall Candidate in Internal Medicine.
In addition, he holds a PhD in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He won various scholarships through which he acquired further training in Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Epidemiology. These include the Royal College of Physicians Visiting Fellowship to St. Thomas Hospital, London, the Coimbra Group Scholarship for Young African Scholars to University of Leuven, Belgium; International Fellowship on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention at Hydrabad, India and the World Heart Federation Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Fellowship at Cape town South Africa. In 2016, he won the Wellcome Trust UK Seed Award in Science.
Augustine’s research interest is in promoting cardiovascular health with special focus on masked hypertension, effect of salt on the cardiovascular system and consequences of diabetes mellitus on human circulation. He is the principal investigator of various research projects including: REMAH (Removing the Mask on Hypertension), NIPREGH (Nigerian Population Research on Environment Gene and Health), THEDA (The Heart in a Diabetic African) and NSS (Nigerian Salt Survey). He is a member of a number of international research consortia including the International Database on Home Blood Pressure in relation to Cardiovascular Outcome (IDHOCO) and European Project of Gene in Hypertension (EPOGH).
He was part of the team that conducted the first multinational clinical antihypertensive drug trial in sub-Saharan Africa; the Newer vs Older Antihypertensive Agents in African Hypertensive Patients (NOAAH). He established the Circulatory Health Research Laboratory (CHRL) at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for training and research. The research agenda of CHRL spans from basic through clinical science to epidemiology and implementation science aimed at creating solutions to problems challenging the human circulatory system.
He initiated the Community Action Against Non-Communicable Diseases (COMAAND) which is being piloted in Anambra State, Nigeria in conjunction with the Society for Public Health and Social Development (SOPHSD) and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET).
He is a member of the editorial board of the European Medical Journal (EMJ) and the Nigerian Journal of Cardiology (NJC). He is a reviewer for Hypertension, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Blood Pressure, Journal of Hypertension and BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.
He is currently the Secretary General of Nigerian Cardiac Society, Vice President Nigerian Hypertension Society and President Society for Public Health and Social Development. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Nigerian Cardiac Society.
Professor Odili is a recipient of 2016 TETFund National Research Fund (NRF) with a research topic “Removing the Mask on Hypertension (REMAH)’’. His team has published one paper and another one is currently under review.