Oluwole Isaac Adeyemi

Oluwole Isaac Adeyemi

Head Of Department

Oluwole Isaac Adeyemi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Dr. Adeyemi is an alumnus of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in (Neuropharmacology) in 2005 and 2011 respectively.

Upon taking up academic position in the same department in 2001, he had his research focused on the studies that have direct relevance and impact upon disease burden in the third world countries, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. This has led him into studies in chloroquine (then, a medicine of choice for malaria) induced itching and later the neurotoxicities of cerebral malaria. However, in recent past, he had voyaged into reproductive health with studies on African Medicinal plants that have folkloric aphrodisiac and abortifacient reports. My research activities are focused on the exploration of neural complications of Plasmodium berghei ANKA infection using behavioural models, the involvement of N-Methyl-D-Aspartate transmission in central nervous system disorders and Behavioural pharmacology of common herbal remedies.  He has also studied the toxicology of drugs, herbal remedies and environmental pollutants, including microorganisms. Specifically, his research activities have been focused on ascertaining neuronal pathways by which commonly encountered adverse effects of drugs and disease disburden are mediated. He, along with the other leading neuropharmacologists postulated for the first time, the involvement of the opioidergic neuronal pathway in chloroquine induced itching and particularly that the malaria parasite itself contribute to the pruritus syndrome observed in patients undergoing chloroquine  antimalarial treatment. This is in addition to exploring the potentials of natural sources of drugs and drug adjuvants; and elucidating the scientific basis of their action. These included the neuropharmacological, pharmaceutical-excipient, abortifacient and aphrodisiac properties of various plants.

Dr. Adeyemi has served at different times and at different capacities the department, Faculty, the University and the community around him. He had served as departmental Examination officer, departmental Postgraduate Coordinator and departmental Representative at the Faculty Postgraduate Committee. In addition, Dr. Adeyemi has been a member of the Faculty Faculty Examination Committee for over ten years, Faculty Student Welfare Officer for five years, appointed Faculty Professional Services Coordinator, appointed Faculty Alumni Relations Officer in 2017, Served as Master of Ceremony at various Faculty Academic and Professional programmes including Conferences, seminars and induction ceremonies since 2011 till date. He served as Congregation Representative in Senate of the University in the past as well as elected as member, Appointment and Promotion Committee of the University, representing Senate- 2016-2017.

Dr. Adeyemi is a registered Pharmacist with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria and Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists.