Prof. Catherine Olufunke Falade (née Falodun) is one of Nigeria’s leading experts in Malaria Research. Her research focuses on malaria in the most vulnerable areas that revolves around children and pregnant women. A Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the University of Ibadan, Prof. Falade is also the Director of the Institute for Advanced Medical Research & Training at the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
The Professor was born in 1952 and obtained her MB.BS (with distinction in Pediatrics) from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria from 1969 to June, 1975 and Masters in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from 1999 to February 2001 from the same institution. She was appointed Lecturer 1 in Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UI in 1994 and she was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer on 1 October 1997. She was the Acting Head of Department at the department of pharmacology and therapeutics from March 2004 to August 2006 and rose through the ranks to the grade of Professor in 2008. She served as the Head of Department from August 2010 to June 2013.
She has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as residents in clinical pharmacology and has served as a resource person for peer review journals. She has also collaborated with other researchers as well as carrying out independent researches.
This Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist has taught pharmacology and therapeutic courses both in undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Ibadan and has served as an external examiner in various universities which include; University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ambrose Alli University, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Ilorin, and other institutions.
She was a member CDA Independent Data and Safety Management Committee from October 2006 to 2009; Member, Pediatric ACT Advisory Committee of Medicine for Malaria Venture (MMV) from September 2007 to date; examiner, National Postgraduate Medical College from 2006 to date; Resource person, West African College of Physicians from 2000 to date; examiner, West African College of Surgeons from 2006 to date. She was made a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science in 2016. She holds the Fellowships of both the National and West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges and MSc in Pharmacology.
Currently acting as the Head of Department Pharmacology and Therapeutics Basic Medical Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, She is also a Healthcare Practitioner specializing as a Pharmacologist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Falade has won several prizes and research grants. In 1975, she won the Glaxo-Welcome and Departmental Prizes in Paediatrics after her graduation and the Catherine & Frank D MacArthur Fellowship in 1997. Her research works have been funded by organizations like SmithKline Beecham, the World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR), Glaxo Wellcome, GlaxoSmithKline, the USAID. Currently, she collaborates with the Malaria Control Units for both the State and Federal Ministries of Health.
Prof. Catherine has successfully adopted interdisciplinary framework to foster partnership with other researchers locally and internationally to explore malaria control strategies across family, community and healthcare context.