The Dean, Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Prof Maisie Etukudo has charged scientists to engage in Multi-disciplinary Research in the 21st century.
Prof Etukudo gave the charge during the Faculty Lecture Series of Allied Medical Sciences held recently at the Institution’s Senate Chambers.
The Dean called on researchers to learn how to network and connect with others in different fields of specialization and beyond, since in medical sciences, analysis may require the patient’s statistics as well as samples that will be transfered to other locations.
Prof Etukudo, while giving reasons for researchers to network so as to get the needed result hinted that the lecture was timely as the new era of “Team Science” was on the verge of being broadened.
In his welcome address, the Provost, College of Medical Sciences, Prof Maurice Asuquo welcomed all academia while commending the local organizing team for overcoming challenges in setting up such an event.
The Provost, while appreciating the guest lecturer for coming to deliver such an apt topic to the University Community, prayed that the college should continue to foster strong team work.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Zana Akpagu represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof Ndifreke Udonwa expressed delight over what he termed “the satisfactory execution of faculty lectures” by the college of medical Sciences.
He hinted that the University is favourably disposed to multi-Disciplinary Research and that any research publications without trace of networking will not be approved and will not be highly regarded.
Prof Akpagu adjudged the publications of the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences to be very rich in content expressing the optimism that the management of the College will continue to uphold the set standard and take advantage of the Lecture in view of networking and its importance.
He urged the guest Lecturer to extend her lecture to cover network not in research alone but in publications and service while locking forward to collaboration of research, exchange of lectures, students and ideas.
In her Lecture, a Professor of Pharmacy, University of Florida, Director of Dentistry, CTSI Translation Workforce Development Programme, and Professor Folakemi T. Odedina commended the University for having more women at the helm of management, which she said speaks volume of its gender friendly administration.
According to her “your network is your Net-worth” hence it involves interaction, collaboration and research while advising against continued “individualism.” approach.
Prof Odedina described networking as exchange of information and ideas amongst individuals, groups and institutions that shared common research interest adding that it will develop fruitful mutual relationship.
She called on participants to develop professional and meaningful relationship aimed at achieving specific goals adding that it is not about meeting “quantity” of people but quality of people with meaningful engagement.
The Director said, a purposeful research networking initiative must include research Expo, research retreat, “launch and learn” research Poster reception especially I pharmacy while stating that for External conferences and meeting, one will inevitably use Social Media applications such as Whatsapp, instagram, twitter and a host of others..
The Professor said that team science, calls for collaborative effort to address scientific challenges that leverages the strength of professionals trained in different fields while coordinating team of investigators with diverse skills of knowledge working on complex social problems with multiple causes.
She stated reasons why team Science should be applied to include funding trends, institution infrastructure, organization polices, structure processors, interpersonal dynamics as well as collaborative skills and experiences.
The event featured an interactive session with the postgraduate students from the Faculty with the guest Lecturer.
Highpoint of the occasion was presentation of plaque to the guest lecturer and group Photograph with the Vice Chancellor.