Elizade University begins research on herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes

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Fidelis David in Akure

A renowned scientist and Vice Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, Professor Olukayode Amund announced yesterday that the institution has started a research of local interest which would examine the medicinal plant called Mexican sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) with a natural background to be used as herbal medicine for diabetes and malaria.

Olukayode revealed this during a press conference at the university as part of activities marking its 10th anniversary, which would be held from February 25 to 28, 2022.

He explained that the 10th anniversary lecture, titled “Nigeria Beyond 2023: Reversing the Human Capital Paradox”, would be delivered by the Duty Overseer, Citadel Global Community Church, Rev. Tunde Bakare on Monday, February 28. 2022, at the university. event center.

He said: “A lot of work has been done and a preliminary report has been submitted by the department where the research is domiciled. There is a plant that blooms in the rainy season and produces a yellow flower. This is called the Mexican sunflower. The leaves are found to be medicinal and can be used to cure diabetes and malaria.

“It can also be used for animal feed to improve the nutritional status of livestock. Further testing is underway on the search.

Olukayode attributed the recent leap in the institution’s ranking scale to the result of various relevant research conducted by the university.

“Recently, Elizade University was ranked the 24th university in Nigeria and the 11th private university in the country by the National Universities Commission. Previously, the university was ranked among the top 50 universities with quality science output in Nigeria by an international ranking organization based in Turkey.

“The various relevant research conducted by the university has earned it its $100,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the $12,000 research grant from the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the £31,000 awarded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), among others.Several other research grants won by the university since its inception have been fully utilized.

The university has maintained that its new vision for the university is to make it one of the best in the world within the next 10 years.

He said, “Elizade University has produced six groups of impactful graduates who are making waves in their respective disciplines. Of the 962 graduates produced by the university to date, 107 of them have graduated with first-class honours. Some of these outstanding alumni, who have shown interest in a career in academia, have been hired by the university.

The Vice Chancellor noted that as part of its efforts to partner with the world’s best institutions for student training, the university has signed a good number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with some higher education institutions renowned throughout the world, including ORT Braude College of Engineering, Israel, for improving its engineering programs.

“Through this MoU, 300 interested students from select engineering programs at Elizade University visited Israel University for one semester under the Erasmus program in engineering, to undergo intensive education and practical training in certain predetermined engineering topics.

The programs, which began before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been suspended due to the global health crisis. Arrangements are being made to relaunch the program and host others, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic once there is an improvement in the pandemic situation,” Olukayode added.

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