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PROFESSOR EKANEM IKPI BRAIDEProfessor Ekanem Ikpi Braide, an indigene of Cross River state, Nigeria, was born on March 6, 1946. She holds a Bachelors degree in Zoology from the University of Ife, Nigeria, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Parasitology from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. She also holds a Certificate in Epidemiological Methods from Southampton University (British Council Course). She taught in Community Secondary School, Ugep (1966 – 1968), College of Education, Port Harcourt (1973) and University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1973 – 1976). She served at the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research, Kaduna (1978 - 1979) as a pioneer officer/researcher in charge of the Onchocerciasis Control Unit of the Institute. Thereafter, she joined the University of Calabar in 1979 as a lecturer and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1991.Prof. Braide’s research focus is on disease control particularly operational research, impact assessment of interventions, rapid assessment methods in mapping diseases and community initiatives in disease control.She served as the Zonal Facilitator in the Nigerian Guinea worm Eradication Programme, South East Zone from 1988 to 1998 and on the WHO/FGN Guinea worm Eradication Certification Committee until Nigeria was certified Guinea worm free in 2013. She coordinated Anglophone teams for African Programme on Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) multi-country studies on impact assessment of Onchocerciasis control activities in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria. She was a member of the TDR/APOC team that developed RAPLOA, a rapid assessment tool for determining prevalence of Loa loa for quick identification of communities in areas co endemic for Ochocerciass and loaisis that are at high risk of severe adverse reactions to ivermectin treatment.Prof. Braide was a member of WHO/APOC Technical Consultative Committee (TCC) from 2001 to 2006 and chaired the Committee from 2003 to 2006. She was also a member of   Mectizan Expert Committee from 2003 to 2006. She served as member (Alternate Chairman) National Steering Committee, Nigerian Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme (2007-2008) and is current Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee, Cross River State Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Sightsavers for eight years and currently chairs the Technical Advisory Group (TAC) of Sightsavers DFID funded NTD United project. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Society for Family Health (SFH), AMEN Foundation, Margaret Ekpo Foundation and Girls Power Initiative (GPI). She also chairs the Board of Trustees of The Leprosy Mission (TLM). Professor Braide is Fellow and Co-founder, Nigerian Society of Parasitology; Fellow, Salzburg Seminar Session 319; Fellow (and now Vice President) Nigerian Academy of Science and member, Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) now renamed Organisation of Women Scientists for the Developing World (OWSD). She has received many awards, including, Cross River state 2000 Millennium Award and Jimmy/Roslynn Carter Award for outstanding dedication and achievement in the eradication of guinea worm in Nigeria. In July 2010 Prof. Braide was honoured by the President of Nigeria with the award of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) for her contribution to disease control in Nigeria.Professor Braide served as Vice Chancellor, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Calabar, Nigeria from February 2004 to February 2009 and as Pioneer Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Lafia, Nigeria from February 2011 to February 2016. She is currently the Pro Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Nigeria.

Braide, E.I. and J.R. Georgi, 1974. Number of external leaf crown elements of 18 species of equine Cyathostomes. The Cornell Veterinarian 64 (2) 233 – 239.

Balogun, R. A. and E. I. Braide,1972. Studies on amino acid pool of liver fluke Fasciola gigantica. Nigerian Journal of Science 5: (2): 191 – 195.

Iwuala, M.O.E., Braide E.I. and N. Maduka, 1980. Observations on the food habits of some tropical African rodents. Revisita Biologia Tropica 28 (4): 10 – 18.

Braide, E.I., Georgi J.R. and E.W. Cupp, 1980. Bovine onchocerciasis in Tomkins County. New York. Cornell Veterinarian 71 (3): 332 – 335.

Lok, J.B., Cupp, F.W., Braide, E.I. and M.J. Bernado, 1980. Aedes egypti: as a surrogate host of Onchocerca. America Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 29 (3) 382 – 298

Braide, E.I., Ezike, V.I. and M.O.E. Iwuala, 1980. Studies on the occurrence and distribution of human onchocerciasis and black fly vectors (Simulium) spp. In Cross River State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Parasitology 1: 62 – 69.

Braide, E.I. 1981., Evidence of bovine onchocerciasis in Kaduna, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Parasitology 2: (1) 29 – 35.

Braide, E.I. 1981., Human onchocerciasis in Nigeria – a review. Nigerian Journal of Parasitology 2: 101 – 113.

Ntekim, A. and E. I. Braide, 1981. A preliminary survey of arthropod and helminth parasites of wild rats in Calabar Municipality, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Ezeoke, A., Okoye, V. and Braide, E.I., 1985. Serum immunoglobulin and esosinophil in patients with onchocerciasis in Akamkpa. Revisita di parasitologia 11 (XLVI): 235 – 261.

Braide, E.I. and P.O. Elamah 1981., Parasites of dogs in Calabar Municipality. Research note. Nigerian Journal of Parasitology 2 (1) 98 – 100.

Ezeoke, A.C., Ibanga, N.J. and Braide, E.I., 1985. Congenital malaria at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital with reference to haemoglobin and immunoglobulin.

Opara, A., Braide, E.I. and F. Eko, 1985. The bacteriology of open wounds caused by Dracunculiasis medinensis in Mkpani community, Cross River State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology 5 (1-2): 52 – 57.

Ufomadu, G.O., Ekejindu, G.O.C., Braide, E.I., Takahashi, H., Ugomo K.K. and Tumbau, M., 1986. Histochemical comparison of the microfilariae of Onchocerca guturosa. Veterinarian 7: 71 – 77.

Ufomadu, G.O., Braide, E.I., Ekejindu, G.O.C. and J.I. Ako, 1986. Acid phosphatase staining patterns in the microfilariae of Onchocerca volvulus from the Guinea Savannah of Jos Plateau, Nigeria. Japanese Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 14 (4): 273 – 283.

Braide, E.I., Egbe, E.I., Okoro, J.I. and Inyang, A. 1987. Prevalence and geographical distribution of dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease) in Cross River State, Nigeria. Tropical and Geographical Medicine 41: 289 – 293.

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