Prof. Oladapo AshiruIkeja, Lagos
Professor Oladapo Ashiru has MB.BS from the University of Lagos, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. One of the significant contributions of Prof. Ashiru in the field of reproductive endocrinology is in the elucidation of mechanisms controlling pituitary gonadotropins (FSH) release.He showed that exogenous FSH has a positive feedback on the release of endogenous FSH. That is the basic science behind the use of exogenous gonadotropins (Pergonal, Metrodin, and others) for extrafollicular development, in infertility management and IVF cycles. Currently, his area of research is in embryo culture techniques and implantation failure.
He pioneered the IVF program in Nigeria in 1984 and his team successfully delivered the first test tube baby in Africa in 1986. He has over twenty five years in the management of difficult cases of infertility, twenty eight years experience in IVF and fifteen years experience with ICSI and new assisted reproduction technologies He was appointed Consultant reproductive Endocrinologist to Lagos University Teaching Hospital in 1980 and Professor of Anatomy in 1983, making him the youngest appointed professor of medicine in Nigeria at the age of thirty-two. He was Reproductive Endocrinologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Omaha in 1978.
He obtained a joint appointment with the departments of Anatomy and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) at Professorial level. He established two IVF programs for the University in 1996 and became the pioneer director of the University based IVF program at Chicago in 1996. It is currently one of the best IVF centres in the US. He has established collaborations with several infertility centres internationally. Professor Ashiru obtained the licentiate of the American Board of Bioanalysis in High Complexity Laboratory Director HCLD (ABB) in 1997. (The American regulatory and licensing body for assisted reproduction technologies). Prof Ashiru through the OARS Foundation has devoted the last couple of years in preventive measures on infertility and anti-aging measures, through seminars, newspaper column contributions, and the publication of the Reproductive Health Magazine.
He has undergone training in the Modern Mayr Medicine and is board certified in Austria. He is the author of Want a Baby, a book on the causes, management, and treatment of infertility