UNILORIN Research Group Secures ₦1.712 Billion Grant for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions

Date: 2024-06-11

According to news report from Vanguard, a research group at the University of Ilorin, known as Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (INNOVET-AMR) 2 Research Group, has been awarded a grant worth 1.6 million Canadian Dollars (approximately N1.712 billion) to develop innovative solutions for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food-producing animals.

The grant was awarded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.

This achievement was disclosed by the leader of the research team, Dr. Ismail Ayoade Odetokun, during a recent visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, SAN. The team includes the Director of UNILORIN Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ibrahim Adisa Raufu; Prof. Wasiu Jimoh, Dr. Ismail Adeyemo, Dr. Basiru Afisu, Dr. Aremu Abdulfatai, and Dr. Olayiwola Akeem Ahmed, all from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Collaborating with researchers from Spain’s Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) and the Royal Holloway University of London, UK, the UNILORIN group will focus on developing a bacteriocin-rich extract (BRE) as a potential antibiotic alternative.

Their project, titled “Bacteriocin-rich Extract from Engineered Lactic Acid Bacteria as an Antibiotic Alternative for Therapeutic and Prophylactic Use in Ruminants and Aquaculture (BAC4RumA),” aims to explore the effectiveness and economic benefits of BRE as a treatment and preventive measure against bacterial infections in livestock and aquaculture.

Odetokun pointed out that the project not only seeks to develop a patentable product but also plans to recruit four postgraduate students and participate in capacity-building initiatives throughout the 32-month project duration.

 


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