FIOCRUZ Scholarship July 2017 Updates

Dr. Uche Ndidi, Department of Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

 My research titled “The Effect of Hydroxyurea on Advanced Glycation End-user on Sickle Cell Disease” in Federal University of Bahia is going on well.
So far we have finished collection of blood samples from the Hospital (HEMOBA). We have also carried out hematological and biochemical analysis of all the samples. We are currently working on sending same for publication.
Currently, we are awaiting Advanced Glycation End-product kits to continue with the research. That would be the final phase of the research. That is how far we have gone. We believe that soon we would receive the order.

Dr. Adekunle Alagbe, Department of Hematology, University College Hospital, Ibadan

Brief update on my experience in Brazil.

Adekunle Emmanuel Alagbe is a member of West African College of Physicians (MWACP , Laboratory Medicine) and an Associate Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (Pathology) being trained at the Department of Haematology, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria. Through the collaboration of SCSSN, Nigeria with FIOCRUZ foundation in Brazil, Adekunle obtained a fully funded scholarship to do a research Masters in medical sciences, which shall be concluded in August 2017. His Masters’ research theme is ‘Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory response in patients with sickle cell anaemia: the role of IL-37 and IL-27’.

It is quiet challenging coping with learning Portuguese to hard work of learning new techniques. It is being a worthwhile experience here at the Cellular and Molecular Immunology, UNICAMP, Campinas under the supervision of Professor Maria Heloisa de Souza Lima Blotta; I am looking forward to new challenges. His research interest is cellular and molecular immunology of haematological disorders.

Wishing the president, Prof Adekunle Adekile and all members of the SCSSN, a wonderful time at the 2017 annual conference in Enugu.

Dr. Bartholomew Chukwu, Department of Pediatrics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu

It’s about 2 years I arrived Brazil for Masters in Human Pathology with focus on Hematology and sickle cell disease at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, northeast, Brazil, under the FIOCRUZ scholarship.

Portuguese Language was a big challenge, but we had to move on. The program involved didactic lectures, seminars, conferences and research. I was also attached to the Pediatric hematology unit of Professor Edgard Santos University Hospital, Salvador. The unit has two consultants with resident doctors and holds clinic two times in a week. I also had training in transcranial Doppler (TCD) under Dr. Thiago Fukuda, a consultant neurologist of the University Hospital. 

My research topic was “Cerebral blood flow velocity in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease in Salvador-Bahia”. The objective was to evaluate the cerebral blood flow velocity of children with SCD by TCD, and correlate it with clinical and hematological profiles of the patients. I have completed the study and currently awaiting defense of the thesis.

We also had extra-curricular activities such as beach outing. It has been a wonderful experience and I thank Prof. Adekile and SCSSN for this opportunity.

Dr. Bartholomew F. Chukwu.

Dept. of Pediatrics, UNTH, Enugu.


Mr. Chinedu Okeke, Department of Hematology, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja

Presently, I am waiting for the ethical committee approval of my research proposal, although that does not prevent me from carrying on with my laboratory experiments (research work). My project topic is ”Hmox1 and BMPR1 variants associated with estimated glomerular filtration rate in sickle cell anemia patients from Pernambouco Brazil”.

I just took delivery of the reagents last Thursday and hopefully next week I will start analyzing the samples. Before the arrival of the reagent I have been involved in both their Hematology and Research laboratory work.