Alumni Profile: Professor Clement Anyiwo

Professor Clement Anyiwo* MD, MSc Medical Microbiology 1977, is a Nigerian-American and Founder / President (CEO) of the Jerry and Joe Divine Foundation based in the United States of America.

“The Masters degree from a world-renowned institution as London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has helped me a lot in my career. It gave me a solid foundation in medical research as evidenced in my various research projects, publications and recognitions.”                                                                                                      Prof. Clement Anyiwo in US

Professor Anyiwo’s achievements include being the first to identify HIV genotypes of Papua New Guinea (Subtype C) now used in tracing the source of HIV infections in that country, and being appointed by both the Commonwealth Secretariat/WHO as HIV/AIDS Consultant for West Africa and the United Nations as a HIV/AIDS Specialist. He also served as President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS) for three years (1994-97).

He has founded two research societies: Medical Research Society of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria and Immunology Association of Papua New Guinea, and co-founded two non-profit organisations: Jerry and Joe Divine Foundation and Stop AIDS based in Papua New Guinea. A prolific author, he has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and co-authored a text book entitled Essential immunology for students of medicine and allied subjects.

Professor Anyiwo acknowledges early career challenges such as managing research issues and securing funding to attend the School, and is grateful for the important relationships he built along the way.

“I secured a scholarship from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, which was then my employer. Regarding my research, I had some difficulty in extracting Protein-A from Staphylococcus – which I used in my coagglutination studies to detect candidaemia in patients’ sera. The other problem was that I had to work with two supervisors – a bacteriologist and a mycologist – that did not seem to agree. I overcame this by concentrating on my study and presenting convincing results.”

“I should be very grateful to late Professor Hilliard Festenstein – the world-renowned transplant immunologist, famous for his discovery of the H-2 locus in the mouse – for introducing me to Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) from the time he lectured the course to the time he accepted me to work in his HLA laboratory at the London Hospital Medical College during my Commonwealth Medical Fellowship (1986-1988).”

*Professor Clement Anyiwo MD; M.Sc.,FMCPath; FWACP; FICS; Zeugnis Immun; Cert. Immun.Dip in Med Micro. (DLSHTM)

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