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Oyewale Tomori

Senior Advisor


Oyewale Tomori, D.V.M., Ph.D., FAS (Nigeria), NNOM, NAM, is a past President of the Nigerian Academy of Science with experience in virology, disease prevention and control. He was at the University of Ibadan from 1971 to 1994. He later served as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University in Nigeria from 2004 to 2011. From 1994 to 2004, he was the virologist for the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Africa Region, establishing the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network. In 1981, he was recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for contributions to Lassa fever research. In 2002, he received the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the country’s highest award for academic and intellectual attainment and national development. He has authored/co-authored over 150 scientific publications. Dr. Tomori has served or continues to serve on numerous advisory committees, including: (nationally) - Chair, Lassa Fever Steering Committee, National Laboratory Technical Working Group, Expert Working Group on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization, etc, and (internationally)- WHO SAGE, WHO Africa Regional Polio Certification Committee, WHO Group of Experts on Yellow Fever Disease, Chairman WHO Yellow Fever Emergency Committee on International Health Regulations, GAVI Board, Vice Chair of U.S. National Academy of Medicine Global Health Risk Framework Commission, and World Bank Interagency Working Group on Financing Preparedness and Response. On COVID19, he served as the Laboratory Planning and Quality Monitoring Adviser to the WHO -AFRO Regional Director and is the Chairman, Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on Covid19 Health Sector Response. He is an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and currently Chair, Board of Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd. He is a member of the Global Virome Project Leadership Boardand Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Institute at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. He has authored/co-authored over 160 scientific publications

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The PandemicTech Newsletter: Summer 2022

Andrew Nerlinger | Jun 24, 2022

What we’re excited about: Join us in Singapore for the Global Health Security 2022 Conference from 28 June — 1 July 2022. We are proud to be an event sponsor! Learn more here.

What we’re listening to: Senior Advisor Oyewale Tomori on the podcast circuit, including interviews with The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast about the surge of monkeypox cases outside of Africa (listen here) and with Nature’s CareersPodcast on the state of African science in 2022 (listen here).

What we’re watching: The video showcase from Global Health Security Innovation Week 2022, a virtual event held in March 2022 organized by the Texas Global Health Security Innovation Consortium (TEXGHS) as part of South by Southwest 2022. Watch all of the event’s sessions here.

Featured article: Media coverage of monkeypox paints it as an African virus. That makes me mad. — Innovation Fellow Ifeanyi Nsofor’s candid opinion article in NPR News (read here)

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