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Dr. Taiwo O. Elufioye: Ag. Head, Department of Pharmacognosy

 

 

 

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan., Nigeria. The Department is primarily engaged in the teaching of crude drugs under the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (B. Pharm.) that is awarded by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. The overall goal of the Department is to largely contribute to the multidisciplinary drug research and development from natural products, using the rich flora of Africa as the main accessible raw material. The Department runs a postgraduate program leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Pharmacognosy, which consists of crude drug standardization and general crude drug analysis, as well as the degrees of M.Phil. and Ph.D. which involve laboratory research in different specific areas of the subject of Pharmacognosy.

 

Similarly, with effect from 2012/2013 academic session, the Department will be running a formal Postgraduate Diploma Program in Herbal Medicine (PGDHM) to train and produce the required manpower for the progressively emerging herbal industry in Nigeria and the ECOWAS.

Currently, the Department has a complement of 8 academic staff including 3 Professors and also 10 non-academic staff members. The teaching and research facilities in the department include standard laboratories with relevant equipment supports in addition to other useful items of equipment accessible to the Department from other university units; there is a Herbarium, housed in the Department of Pharmacognosy, for medicinal plant authentication and conservation.

History:

The Department of Pharmacognosy is one of the five Departments in the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. The Faculty of Pharmacy was established in 1980 as a department under the College of Medicine and rose to the status of a full Faculty in 1983. Postgraduate programmes including Pharmacognosy commenced in the Faculty in 1990 with Masters and Ph.D. Pharmacognosy Unit was then under the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy until split into separate departments after the Faculty’s full autonomy. In the Department of Pharmacognosy, the M.Sc Pharmacognosy was embarked upon to include medicinal plant research and or phytochemistry as a result of the prominent role of herbal drugs in the health care delivery of the African populace. Over the years, medicinal plants research in the Department has led to extraction, isolation and biological actions of a wide variety of compounds, such as phenolics, alkaloids, terpenoids and some other secondary metabolites, which are potential drug discovery leads for pharmaceutical drug development. Examples include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antitumor, antimutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial or antiviral activities. There are presently eight (8) qualified and experienced academic members of staff in the Department. Over the years, the more senior academic members of staff have proven to be very effective in delivery of their lecture topics and in general administration of the unit.  Six (6) of the academic staff are qualified and registered pharmacists