FrieslandCampina WAMCO, University of Ibadan partner on nutrition research

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC has partnered with the University of Ibadan to boost academic and professional research in ways that will improve human nutrition delivery in the country.

The company co-hosted a nutrition workshop with the Department of Human Nutrition, University of Ibadan, recently where Professor Anne Schaafsma, Senior Nutrition Scientist from FrieslandCampina, The Netherlands delivered a lecture titled, “Clinical Trials in Human Nutrition: The Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Country Researchers.”

Addressing over 200 nutrition scientists, researchers and postgraduate students from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Schaafsma said: “Good research is the only tool for identifying nutrition problems and their causes. Nutrition science research is important to the development of a country and the well-being of its population as it formulates solutions and evaluates progress.”

The well attended workshop provided a platform for discussing the opportunities and challenges of Nigerian researchers in carrying out research according to best global practices.

Acting Head, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Ibadan, Dr. Folake Samuel, in her opening speech commended this friendly gesture from FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria as an invaluable private sector investment that will strengthen human capacity building in knowledge, skills and competencies of nutrition scientists in the University of Ibadan, Oyo state.

At the workshop, several key research gaps and opportunities were identified, which participants agreed could only be addressed with strong town-and-gown collaborations such as this – between committed multinationals like FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria and willing academic institutions like the University of Ibadan.