Dr Rufus Akinyemi, PhD, MSc, MWACP, FMCP

Rufus Akinyemi is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Genomics and Precision Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Neuroscience and Ageing Research Unit, Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Consultant Neurologist to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. He holds a PhD from Newcastle University, United Kingdom, an MSc in Cell Biology and Genetics, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ibadan. He undertook his residency training in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria. Akinyemi is  an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health in the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), based in the Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland;  member,  Stroke Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study; represents Africa on committees of the World Stroke Organization and also represents Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) on the Vascular Professional Interest Area of The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).  He’s also a member of the Steering Committee of the WSO-WHO-Lancet Commission on Stroke in LMICs. He serves as principal investigator (genomics and biorepository) in the Stroke and Investigative Research and Education Network (SIREN) Study, the current largest study of stroke in Africa. He’s first author on seminal papers describing associations of genetic factors and stroke in indigenous Africans including the first-ever association of the APOLI gene with small vessel ischemic stroke. He has won several awards, scholarships and fellowships including the James Kimani Lectureship of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) and the Bruce Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He has over 100 peer- reviewed publications including papers in Brain, Lancet and Science.