Africa’s foremost pharmacologist and expert in tropical medicine, Professor Maurice Iwu, is to be honoured May 13, by the Association of Lady Pharmacists, ALPS, for his role in the promotion and development of tropical medicine.
A letter dated April 14, 2016 from the association conveying his nomination for the award, said the “award is in recognition of your commitment to the profession and the tremendous role you have been playing in the promotion of traditional medicine through various ways such as research, training of herbal practitioners and establishment of Bio-resources Development Group that promotes the sustainable utilization of natural products and also through the annual HerbFest – a herbs and food as medicine exhibition and training conference.”
The letter jointly signed by the National Chairman, Zainab Shariff; Conference Planning Committee Chair, Afusat Adesina and National Secretary, Rose Agaebe commended Professor Iwu’s passion for the development of plant genetic resources.
The 7000-member association, comprising pharmacists in various specialties namely hospital and administrative pharmacy, community pharmacy, industrial pharmacy, academic pharmacy and public health is holding its 12th biennial national conference this week culminating in a closing dinner and award ceremony on Friday.
This is one in a rich collection of scientific awards conferred on the former INEC Chairman whose works and researches in tropical medicine have won global recognition.
Professor Iwu was at various times the President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and President of the Nigerian Society of Pharmacognosy. He is a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene as well as the International Society for Medicinal Plant Research.
He was a former Executive Director, Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme and also a Senior Research Associate at the Division of Experimental Therapeutics of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington D.C.