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Professor J.O.Moody

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Professor J.O.Moody

5Jones Olanrewaju Moody (born Sept, 1953) is Professor of Pharmacognosy and the immediate past Dean (2009-2013), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. He had his secondary school education at Titcombe College SIM, Egbe in present day Kogi State between 1966 and 1972 where he obtained his West African School Certificate and Higher school Certificate respectively. Professor Moody graduated with B.Pharm (Hons) in 1977 and M.Phil (Pharmacognosy) in 1981 from the then University of Ife (now OAU). After a brief stint as Lecturer in Pharmacognosy at the University of Ife, he transferred his serviced to the University of Ibadan in August, 1983 as one of the pioneer staff in the newly established Faculty of Pharmacy.

Between 1986 and 1990, Lanre Moody was at the King’s College, University of London for his Ph.D degree program as a Commonwealth Scholar. He returned to the University of Ibadan in 1991 after a one year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Natural Product Chemistry, Xenova Ltd, a state-of-the-art drug discovery company located at Slough, United Kingdom. He rose through the ranks in Ibadan to become a Professor of Pharmacognosy on October 1, 2005. He has benefited greatly and broadened his academic and professional competence and expertise through highly competitive awards and fellowships such as the British Council Higher Education award (1994) in the UK, MacArthur Foundation Travel Award (2003) and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Award (2005).

Professor Moody has served on several committees and in different capacities both nationally and internationally in his academic and professional career. He has been a member, Expert Committee of the West African Health Organizations (WAHO) for the development of traditional Medicine and the West African Herbal Pharmacopoeia in the sub-region since 2009; member National Accreditation Board Panel of Assessors for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programmes in Public Universities in Ghana (2006 and 2013), External Examiner in Pharmacognosy to seven Nigerian and Ghanaian Universities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (1997 till date); member, National Expert Committee on Regulation and Registration Guidelines on Herbal Medicinal Products and Related Substances (1999), He was Chairman, local Organizing Committee of the 1st and 2nd International Workshops on Herbal Medicinal Products (1998 and 2008) organized by the Department of Pharmacognosy as well as Programme Coordinator, Pharmacist’s Council of Nigeria Orientation Course for foreign Trained Pharmacists (1986 and 2002). He has served as Sub-Dean (Undergraduate), Ag Head, Dept of Pharmacognosy (1997-1999, 2001-2003) as well as first substantive Head of Department (2007-2009). He is a past national Vice-President (2003-2006) and Ag President (2006-2007), Nigerian Society of Pharmacognosy as well as a member of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research (GA), International Society for Ethnopharmacology and the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

A keen sportsman, Olanrewaju Moody was named Basketballer of the year at the University of Ife in 1976 when he was also a member of the Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA) All Stars team. An alumnus of the Haggai Institute Leadership seminar in Singapore (2000), Professor Moody has been an Elder in the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) since 1979. He is married to Dr. IkeOluwapo Moody, a Deputy Registrar in the University of Ibadan, and they are blessed with four children and a grandchild.