Published on October 1, 2007
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Houston Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts
Adekunle M. Adesina, MD, PhD, FCAP, receives grant to provide free copies of pathology medical journals to 55 institutions in sub-Saharan Africa
Northfield, IL.—Adekunle M. Adesina, MD, PhD, FCAP, of Houston, Texas, was one of five recipients of the 2007 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 29, 2007, in Chicago at CAP ’07 – The Pathologists’ Meeting™.
The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. This grant will support the collaborative vision of Dr. Adesina and the Friends of Africa to greatly improve the medical care of sub-Saharan Africa.
This project was developed through the Friends of Africa, which was initiated by a group of North American and North American-based African pathologists who would like to help alleviate the challenges that practicing pathologists face in Africa. The provisions of free journals began in January 2006, and have been generously funded through donation efforts led by Dr. Adesina and through the Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
This grant will allow Dr. Adesina to mail copies of Modern Pathology Journal and Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Journal to 55 pathologists in 15 sub-Saharan countries. The funds will be used to significantly improve the quality of health care in this region. Through increased pathology knowledge, it is estimated that 500 million people will be affected by Dr. Adesina’s efforts.
“It is a great privilege and honor to accept, on behalf of Africa, the 2007 CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award,” said Dr. Adesina. “The funding will help us make our dream of enhancing the knowledge of pathologists who reside in less fortunate countries a reality.”
Dr. Adesina currently serves as chief of the Neuropathology Program at Baylor College of Medicine, as well as, director of Neuropathology and Molecular Neuropathology at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas and is also a laboratory inspector for the College of American Pathologists. Previously, he was the director of the Diagnostic Center for Alzheimer’s disease and the Section of Neuropathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Dr. Adesina received his MD from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, as well as his MSc. He went on to complete his residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, before completing his clinical fellowship in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology at University of Vermont. Dr. Adesina continued to complete his postdoctoral research fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and his postdoctoral fellowship in Surgical Pathology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Penn. He received his PhD from McGill University in Montreal, as well.
The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care.