Prof. Njideka Okubadejo, MBChB, FMCP – Nigeria
Njideka U. Okubadejo is a Professor of Neurology and Consultant Neurologist specializing in Movement Disorders at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She trained at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (1992–1998), with additional observership at Howard University, Washington DC (1997/98), and a Visiting Clinical Fellowship in Movement Disorders sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota in 2004/2005.
She is the first female neurologist and first female tenured Professor of Neurology in Nigeria. She is an American Academy of Neurology Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum (PALF) member (class of 2009), and the 2015 awardee of the Society of Neuroscientists in Africa (SONA)/International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Women in Neuroscience Award (West African Subregion).
Prof. Okubadejo has worked extensively with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (MDS) to promote movement disorders education and quality of care in Africa, and serves as faculty and course director for trainings across sub Saharan Africa. She is the current chair of the MDS Africa Section Steering Committee, chair of the Neurology Subspecialty of the Faculty of Internal Medicine, National Postgraduate College of Nigeria, and member of the Scientific Committee, African Academy of Neurology.
Her main research interest is in Movement Disorders in Africa (particularly genetics and epidemiology).