June/July 2010- Dr. Ifeanyi Chikelue Oragwu (Nigeria)

Oragwu, Chikelue Ifeanyichukwu is a graduate of Medicine from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria in 2007 with a passion for toxicology research stemming from his undergraduate days. His research group, ZETA 12 Group, under the mentoring of Orish Ebere, has had interests in heavy metals which led to work with food drinks/beverages sold in Nigeria and the effect of herbal remedies on human semen quality. Articles on this research have been published in a variety of journals leading to a rise in the public health concern by the enlightened and general populace locally and abroad.

The ZETA-12 Research Group has been involved in many public health oriented research programs. These were focused on the nature of heavy metals consumed in beverages (both local and foreign), primary health care awareness and campaigns, organization of public lectures and conferences to educate people (both within the scientific community and outside) and challenge the minds to take up responsibilities in their various spheres of contact.

His interests are reflected in associations and memberships of different bodies such as Society for Envirionmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Europe (SETAC) www.setaceu.org , Cameroon Society for Toxicological Sciences (CSTS) www.cameroonsocietyfortoxicologicalsciences.org, Africa Education Initiative (www.nef3.org), the Society for Quality Assurance-International and its Nigerian Regional Chapter (www.sqa.org, www.nrcsqa.org), as well as The Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria (www.agcpn.org ), which has spanned his days as an undergraduate till present. He also has a passion for mentoring young undergraduates on career paths, networking and utilizing the opportunities that present in the course of training in various disciplines.

He is an avowed Christian and presently works with the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Annex, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria as a medical officer doing the mandatory National Youth Service Programme. His hobbies include travelling, surfing the internet, computers, reading, networking with people/ideas and playing basketball.

Past Featured Correspondents

February/March 2010- Guy Pouokam Bertrand (Cameroon)

April/May 2010- Phil Holmes (United Kingdom)

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