Rufus Akinyemi_photo.JPG

Rufus Akinyemi

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
Professional Profile
Home Country: Nigeria
Field of Employment: Neurologist
Social Media: Twitter:@rufusakinyemi

Rufus has been working on aspects of stroke and dementia using multiple approaches including epidemiology, genomics, molecular biology and implementation science. These approaches were aimed at generating a better understanding and improved interventions for stroke and dementia in people of African ancestry.

Rufus believes that the burden of dementia is set to really rise in Nigeria as a result of the growing burden of vascular risk factors and related disorders. Rufus believes this will not change unless interventions are created through a multidisciplinary approach.

Given the contribution of vascular factors to the development of dementia, the growing burden of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases in low and middle income countries (LMICs), and the projected future burden of dementia in these regions, we must evolve strategies to curtail these vascular factors. During my fellowship at GBHI, I will work in a cross-disciplinary setting to develop pragmatic and multifaceted strategies to reduce the growing burden of dementia, especially in LMICs. Our strategy is to develop a multidisciplinary coalition of professionals to promote brain health and relevant protective strategies that can help reduce the burden of dementia across the globe.

Bio: Rufus Akinyemi is the deputy director of the Centre for Genomics and Precision Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a senior research fellow in the Neuroscience and Ageing Research Unit, Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and a consultant neurologist to the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He holds a PhD from Newcastle University, United Kingdom, an MSc in Cell Biology and Genetics, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ibadan. He undertook his residency training in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University College Hospital Ibadan. Rufus represents Africa on the Young Stroke Professionals, Education and the World Stroke Campaign committees of the World Stroke Organization. He has won several awards, scholarships, and fellowships, including the James Kimani Award of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa and the Bruce Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology of the American Academy of Neurology.