African Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Development
University Of Nigeria, Nsukka
Pharmaceutics, Drug Delivery, Pharmaceutical Microbiology And Biotechnology
Anthony Amaechi Attama is a Professor of Pharmaceutics and the Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). He is also the Director, Education Innovation Unit (Vice-Chancellor's Office) and the Coordinator of the Drug Delivery and Nanomedicines Research Group of the University. He was the Associate Dean of the Faculty (2008-2010) and also the Coordinator of the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) for Practicing Pharmacists (2008 to 2018). Prof. Attama was the Best Graduating Student at Boys' High School Orba, Udenu LGA, Enugu State in 1988 and graduated with Distinction at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1994. He obtained his Ph.D in 2002 at the University of Nigeria and thereafter, proceeded to the Institute Pharmazeutische Technologie, Technische Universit Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig, Germany for his postdoctoral research in pharmaceutical nanotechnology sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He was also a visiting Researcher at Technische UniversitÃ¤t Braunschweig in 2012. He was a Visiting Professor at the Laboratory of Membrane and Liposome Research, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC), Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2018. The focus of the Drug Delivery and Nanomedicines Research Group, which he coordinates, is to improve the effectiveness of drugs used for the treatment of mostly neglected tropical and poverty-related diseases, through engineering of novel drug delivery strategies. He has researched extensively on lipid and polymeric drug delivery systems such as micro and nanomedicines using natural raw materials. While at the Hebrew University, Prof. Attama worked under Prof. Chezy Barenholz for the development of novel sterically stabilized nanoliposomes to combat malaria. He welcomes collaboration with scientists within and outside Nigeria. Prof. Attama has won many research grants such as University of Nigeria Senate Research Grant, International Foundation for Science Alexander von Humboldt Equipment Grant, Institution Based Research Grant of Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund), National Research Fund (TETFund) and Phospholipid Research Centre Research Award and many travel awards such as Alexander von Humboldt Travel Award, European Foundation for Clinical Nanomedicne (CLINAM) Travel Award, POLYCHAR Travel Award, TETfund Travel Award, etc. He has attended many scientific conferences, workshops and special courses. Prof. Attama was among the first twenty-eight most published scholars in Nigeria (Position 20) [http://www.opinions.ng/see-list-28-published-scholars-nigeria/ 23/11/2017] and has also won Article Download Recognition/Award at the 6th World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, 7th to 10th April 2008, CCIB, Barcelona, Spain. He received an Award of Excellence by Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students, UNN chapter for student oriented service to humanity in 2010. He has delivered many invited lectures, plenary lectures and keynote addresses at different conferences/workshops. Prof. Attama is a Resource Person and supervisor for West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists. He delivered the 91st Inaugural Lecture of the University of Nigeria, titled, "The Road to Nanomedicines". Prof. Attama was the chairman and also a member of many University Panels and Faculty committees. He was the chairman of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Postgraduate Committee (2009-2010, 2016-2018) and has successfully supervised 17 Ph.Ds and 35 M. Pharm./M.Sc. degree students in pharmaceutical sciences. He has more than 200 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals and high impact journals together with five (5) books and twenty-three (23) book chapters. Prof. Attama is on the editorial board of many journals such as Nanotechnology Development; American Journal of Drug Discovery and Development; International Journal of Drug Delivery; Journal of Drug Discovery, Development and Delivery; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research; Journal of Pharmaceutical & Allied Sciences; Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Research; African Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Development; Journal of Pharmaceutics; etc. In a bid to translate research results to products, he has fostered the establishment of some pharmaceutical industries in Nigeria and also serves as a consultant to many pharmaceutical companies. Prof. Attama is a registered pharmacist and a Federal Government licenced drug analyst. He is happily married with children.