By Lola Omowaye & Bukola Olamona
Teaching and Research in (Neuro) Science for Development in Africa,( TReND), a Global nonprofit organisation based in Sussex ,England run by volunteer scientists of Universities has begun collaboration with the Federal University of Technology Akure,FUTA through its Department of Physiology.
To jump-start the working relationship, physiology students were taken through a practical demonstration in electrophysiology, using spikeling labs to mimic neural stimulation by an official of the orgnisation.
The trainer, Dr. Jeffery Diamond said he was excited to be part of an organisation that encourages young scientists.
He urged the students to apply knowledge of electrophysiology to solve health related issues and advance studies in neurology.
Diamond, a scientist with United States of America’s National Institute of Health, donated 50 spikeling labs to the Department.
The organisation makes use of latest technologies and developments ranging from open source software and hardware approaches such as 3D printing and online teaching tools.
The training which entailed practical demonstration on how to construct spikeling labs is part of the terms of reference of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2017 between FUTA and TREND in Africa which was facilitated by Dr. Temitope Adedeji of the Department of Physiology.
Dr. Adedeji and the Head of Department, Dr. J. O. Jeje expressed optimism that the practical demonstration will enhance learning and research in the study of neurons and their application to modern health issues.
The Vice Chancellor while receiving Dr Diamond in his office described the working visit of the organisation to FUTA as a major step in the determined efforts to position the School of Health and Health Technology to produce worthy and sound graduates who can hold their own in the global health sector.