The University of Jos, has received an Eight Million Dollar ($8 Million) grant from the World Bank to establish an African Centre of Excellence on Phytomedicine Research and Development (ACEPRD). The centre is strongly committed to excellence in research on the production of modern drugs from plants. Research will be focused on different African leaves, roots and plants so as to extract their medicinal contents for the use of human beings. The Centre is a collaborative effort of researchers in the faculties of Pharmaceutical and Natural Sciences with an excellent track record in this area of research and development. Members of ACEPRD’s impressive track record for research in this area has led to the production of several drugs for use in Nigeria including - anti-hypertension, anti-diabetes, anti-malaria drugs and anti snake venom.
Professor John C Aguiyi ( Centre Director) works along with Professor J.C Okwuasaba as Deputy Centre Director and a number of unit Heads in the following core areas of research:
- Biological Evaluation
- Plant Science
- Formulation and Production
- Clinical trials, commercialisation, and regulatory
- Education and Social Sciences
- Ethics, Research publications and Communication