Obiageli Nnodu

Professor Obiageli E. Nnodu was a foundation student of the University of Jos Medical School from where she graduated in 1982. She started her residency training in Haematology and Blood Transfusion at the Jos University Teaching Hospital and completed her last year at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to receive the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in Laboratory Medicine in October 1992.
Thereafter, Professor Nnodu was appointed Consultant Haematologist to the largest orthopaedic hospital in West Africa, the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Lagos (NOHI) in 1993. This was shortly after the postgraduate medical colleges ruled that input of pathologists was essential for the training of orthopaedic and plastic surgeons. Thus as consultant haematologist, apart from her clinical duties and research, she was responsible for the haematology and basic science component of the training of orthopaedic and trauma surgeons, as well as orthopaedic and trauma nurses and accident and emergency nurses. She was also responsible for all policy matters relating to laboratory medicine, including budgeting, inventory management, quality assurance, equipment purchase and upgrades as well as staff training.
As head of the multidisciplinary pathology department,  she led the department in providing effective patient centred laboratory and blood transfusion services while increasing its revenue profile and maintaining industrial harmony at a time of national upheaval within the sector.
Also while at the NOHI, Professor Nnodu received several cancer technology transfer fellowships to Imperial College of Medicine, London; Karolinska Institute & Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden that equipped her to work with others to set up a multidisciplinary orthopaedic oncology unit which has become the primary referral centre for bone tumours patients in Nigeria with significant contribution to scientific literature in bone tumours.
Thereafter she joined the College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, Nigeria as foundation staff of the Department of Haematology in 2006 where she is currently involved in teaching, capacity building and research with a focus on better care for patients with sickle cell disease and haematological malignancies.
In 2010, Professor Nnodu along with others helped articulate a strategy for the control of sickle cell disease in Nigeria. She is a founding member of Sickle CHARTA, a consortium which aims to promote, strengthen and develop health, advocacy, research and training in sickle cell disease in Africa and the Haemoglobinopathies Working Group of the Nigerian Society for Haematology and Blood Transfusion. She has served on various technical committees for the government on NCDs and has also been involved in a number of national assignments related to sickle cell disease.
She is the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Sickle Cell Support Society which works with the government and professional groups within the country and in Diaspora for the control of SCD in Nigeria, a member of the Nigerian Society for Haematology and Blood Transfusion and the  American Society of Haematology African Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease and Early Intervention Consortium. She is also the Co-PI for the Sickle Pan African Research Consortium, the Site Lead for SickleGenAfrica and Chair of Advocacy for the Sickle Pan African  Network (SPAN).