Meet INR 2023 Conference Speakers


2nd International Scientific Research Conference, 2023

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The International Scientific Research Conference is just a few days away! 

Are you ready? 

In this post, we present to you all our speakers and guests. 

Meet the scholars, leaders, entrepreneurs and leaders you will learn from. 

If you have not secured your spot, you still have the time to do so now! 

Professor Deborah Tolulope Esan (Ph.D., MPH, BNSc, RN, RM, RPHN)

Deborah Esan is a Professor of Nursing with specialisation in community/public health nursing at the Faculty of Nursing Sciences, Bowen University Iwo, Nigeria. She earned a Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) degree from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, in 2008, a Master’s degree in Public Health at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2014 and a Ph.D. degree at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, in 2021.

She is currently an active member of the Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She started her teaching career as a graduate assistant at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, in 2012, where she rose to the post of an associate Professor through dedication and hard work before moving to Bowen University Iwo, where she is currently a full professor and the pioneer Dean of Faculty of Nursing Science.

Prof. Esan has extensive research experience, as attested by her publication records, and has authored over 60 publications in reputable journals, with more than 35 of the articles published in Scopus-indexed journals. She is a public health nurse specialist, and her research focuses on cancer risk factors, prevention and screening, community midwifery, and public health nursing research. 

She recently won the global award of ’emerging nurse researcher/scholar for Africa region’ by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 

Prof. Esan has supervised over 80 undergraduate research thesis/projects and three master’s student research projects and is currently supervising four PhD students in nursing.

Prof. Esan is a family woman, married to Dr. Theophilus Olaide Esan, a Senior Registrar at the Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery department of Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti and their union is blessed with two lovely girls.

Prof. Prisca Olabisi ADEJUMO (RN, PhD. FWACN, IIWCC)

Prisca Olabisi ADEJUMO RN, PhD. FWACN, IIWCC is a Professor of Nursing, Medical Sociologist and an International Nurse Researcher. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Ibadan and obtained double master’s degrees and double PhDs in Medical Sociology and Medical-Surgical Nursing from the same University.

She had specialised pre-and post-doctoral training in Nursing Classification and Cancer Genetics from the University of Iowa, Iowa and University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Her current research focus is on cancer genetics with emphasis on risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases within the context of health profession’s education, research and practice.

Prisca Olabisi ADEJUMO is a professor of nursing, a 2021 FAIMER Fellow, The Regional Chapter Lead of the West African Region of AFREhealth, a member of CUGH Competency Sub-committee, a mentor on various professional programmes and one of the Principal Investigators of AFREhealth current NIH grants.

She is the founder of Focusing on Young Nurses Initiative (FYNI), and she was honoured with the 2022 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing award as a renowned International Nurse Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Dr (Mrs) Alice Igbekele Ogundele

Dr. Alice obtained her Bachelors of Nursing Science from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University in 1989. She enrolled for the Nursing and Midwifery Council Examination for Nursing, Midwifery, and Public Health Nursing which accorded her registration with the Council as a Nurse, Midwife, and a Public Health Nurse.

Propelled by her passion for a higher degree in nursing, she bagged a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the same University in 2010.

She later saw the need to explore nursing education and enrolled in a postgraduate diploma programme at the National Open University of Nigeria and obtained her Post Graduate Diploma in Education which qualified her to register as a Midwife Educator.

Dr (Mrs) Alice Igbekele Ogundele holds a Ph.D in Nursing from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She has 32 years of experience as a Clinician, Educator and a seasoned Nurse Administrator in Ondo State, Nigeria.

She conducted research in Nursing Management, Human Resource Management and Development. These were published in reputable journals.

Dr (Mrs) Alice Igbekele Ogundele has occupied various leadership positions as a clinician. She was the Head of Nursing Services in charge at a Primary Health Care Centre in Idanre Local Government, Ondo State and as an Educator, She was the Principal School of Midwifery, Akure. She became the Ondo State Director of Nursing Services in 2016.

As the Director of Nursing Services, she proactively identified the needs of nurses in her State and take appropriate actions. She ensured the training of postbasic nurses even after the school has been absorbed into the University so that the products of the defunct School of Midwifery would not have difficulty to become registered nurses. She also advocated for the training of community Nurses and Midwives after she discovered that professional nurses were almost going into extinction at the Primary Health Care level.

Mrs. Dorcas Olukemi Shonibare (WAPGCN)

Mrs Dorcas Olukemi Shonibare is a fellow of the WAPGCN, a Nurse administrator and an educator, and the chairman of State Directors of Nursing in Nigeria.

She is the Director of Nursing at LSMOH, who oversees nursing education and practice in Lagos state as the representative of the Nursing Regulatory body, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. 

Dorcas is the Chairman of the Nursing and Nursing and Midwifery Committee Lagos Chapter with the State Executives and Five Subcommittees. The subcommittees are Inspectorate, Research, Administration, Education and Disciplinary, which are the machinery of maintaining the Standard of nursing education and clinical nursing services in the Centre of Excellence. 

Nr. Dorcas Shonibare is a member of the board of many organisations, married to Dr Dada Olu Shonibare, a Rtd Educationist and the marriage is blessed with glorious children and grandchildren.

Join DNS Dorcas Olukemi Shonibare as she speaks on The Global Nursing Shortage, Nurse Migration and Welfare.

Tracie Risling (RN, PhD)

Tracie Risling, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, the Vice-President of the Canadian Nurses Association and the Past-President of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association.

With a practice background in pediatric nursing, leads a patient-oriented program of health and nursing informatics research, including study on artificial intelligence, social media, co-design, and the use of texting for nursing wellness and workforce support.

She is a passionate advocate for increased nursing engagement in the development, use, and evaluation of digital health solutions, which is reflected in her work with the new Doctor of Nursing program at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Risling serves on the editorial boards of the Canadian Nurse and the informatics journal JMIR Nursing.

Dr. Israel O. Gabriel

Dr Israel O. Gabriel possesses professional qualifications as a registered nurse in Nigeria, the United States of America, and Canada. Additionally, he has specialised expertise as a perioperative nurse, nurse anaesthetist, public health nurse, and nurse educator. These qualifications are recognised and registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

Dr Israel, as a researcher concentrating in the field of psycho-oncology, has made significant contributions to the academic community through many publications in reputable international journals.

Israel’s research aims to improve the health-related quality of life and well-being of people living with cancer, including partners, family members and caregivers. He has been working in this area for over seven years with a focus primarily on designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for patients and their partners, developing and validating health-related quality-of-life measures for use among people living with cancer and families, and conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of clinical trials of cancer disease prevention and rehabilitation.

In 2018, Dr Israel was the recipient of the Griffith University Australia International Post Graduate Student Scholarship. He subsequently received the School of Nursing and Midwifery publication Griffith University prize for both the years 2021 and 2022. The paper authored by Dr Israel on the systematic review of psychosocial interventions 

on the health-related quality of life of people living with cancer emerged as the most cited in Open Nursing Journal, Wiley, for the period of 2020-2021. Dr Israel was named the best evidence-based lecturer by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, in 2022. Dr. Israel is a member of several international professional associations.

Chinomso Nwozichi, PhD, RN, RM, RPHN, FRSPH

Dr. Chinomso Nwozichi, PhD, RN, RM, RPHN, FRSPH, functions as both a clinician and an academic nurse in the United States of America. He obtained his Bachelor of Nursing Science from Babcock University, Master of Science in Nursing from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences-India and PhD in Nursing from Silliman University-Philippines.

Dr Nwozichi has served in various clinical, academic and administrative roles both in Nigeria and internationally. He served as the graduate program coordinator at Babcock University-Nigeria in 2020 and as the head of the department of nursing at Olabisi Onabanjo University-Nigeria in 2021 and 2022.

He is a Member of the Corporate and Philanthropic development committee of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers in High Impact Journals. He currently serves on the editorial board of multiple reputable journals of nursing, such as the Asian Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, Cancer Nursing Journal, and BMC Nursing, among others.

Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, where he teaches advanced pathophysiology and health assessment to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. He is the author of theory of knowing-revealing-humanizing as expressions of caring in cancer palliative care.

Dr. Nwozichi is the Founder and CEO of Nursology Academy, a global platform that fosters excellence in nursing theory, education, research and practice. In addition, He is an Executive board member of the Society of Internationally Educated Nurses in North America, where he serves as the Vice President.  

Dr Ooreofe Adeyemi Billy-Rose

Dr Ooreofe Adeyemi is a specialist Nurse with a keen interest in Maternal and Child Health and Intensive Care Nursing. As a diligent nursing professional with demonstrated success in emergency patient care, Dr Adeyemi is responsive to dynamic patient needs and environmental conditions.

Dr Adeyemi has her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and bagged her master’s and PhD degrees in nursing with a special interest in intensive care nursing at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Adeyemi is a recipient of the postgraduate merit award (PMA), the National Research Foundation Research and Innovation award and the DAAD Innovative Scholarship among others. As a prospective post-doctoral scholar, Dr Adeyemi is a registered Nurse with the Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council, the South African Nursing Council, and the Sigma Theta Tau International. She has presented the findings of her research at both local and international conferences.

Dr Adeyemi loves patient-centred care and works at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Teaching Hospital Johannesburg, with a wealth of working experience spanning over two decades.

Bunmi Ogungbe (PhD, MPH, BNSc, RN Assistant Professor)

Bunmi Ogungbe is a cardiovascular epidemiologist dedicated to using her clinical, research, and public health expertise to improve cardiometabolic outcomes among populations experiencing social marginalisation.

She collaborates on several community-engaged multilevel interventions leveraging digital technologies to improve hypertension control and management of chronic conditions. She is an emerging leader in community-engaged research seeking to advance cardiovascular health equity, both locally in the US and globally.

Her work within the US involves implementing tailored cardiometabolic interventions and characterising cardiac post-acute sequela of COVID-19. 

Through her research and collaborations, Dr. Ogungbe aims to lead innovative digital and community-engaged interventions to improve hypertension control and advance cardiovascular health equity, implement novel approaches to address underrepresentation in cardiovascular clinical trials, leverage rich phenotypic epidemiologic datasets to assess multilevel determinants of cardiovascular health inequities, which will inform practical, scalable and sustainable interventions.

She has received multiple awards, including the PEO International Peace Scholarship award, Johns Hopkins Alliance for Health Equity Global Health Equity Scholarship, American Heart Association (AHA) Early Career Award, the AHA Hypertension Sessions Award, Early Career Assistant Reviewer/Editor for the Hypertension journal, Outstanding Dissertation Award.

She serves on AHA writing committees and contributes to scientific statements. Dr. Ogungbe previously obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria, her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Jackson State University, Mississippi, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. 

Comrade Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi (RN, RM, PAED NUR. Bsc, Msc in View)

Comrade Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi: RN, RM, PAED NUR. BSc, MSc in View is a compassionate Paediatric Nurse Leader who is committed to nursing policy. She serves in multifaceted platforms ranging from nursing, spina bifida and cleft care, cancer, nutrition, epidemiology, community engagement, advocacy, and policy/guideline formulation to implementation.

Olubunmi served as the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Nigeria Paediatrics Nurses (NANPAN), a Board Member of the Global Initiative for Children Surgery (GICS), a scholar of the Global Nurse Leader Institute (GNLI), and the Co-Facilitator, of the Global Nursing Leadership Institute for Africa Region, endorsed by the International Council of Nursing (ICN). 

She is CEO of MARCH Health Care Initiative, the chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Working Group for the G4 Alliance, and currently serves as Technical Advisor to WHO on Integrated Clinical Care (TAG-IC2), the principal advisory group to WHO for clinical support tools related to primary, emergency, critical, and operative care.

She played a significant role in ensuring nursing is integrated into Nigeria’s surgical plan, the first of its kind in the world (National Surgical Obstetric Anesthesia and Nursing Plan (NSOANP). She is a lover of children with special needs and a philanthropist.

Julie Mogbo, the Family Bond Nurse

Nrs Julie Mogbo

Julie Mogbo, popularly known as the family bond nurse, is the co-founder/managing director of Royale Nursing Consult, a nursing workforce management and home care company that came into existence in 2011.

In 2016, she founded Family Bond Nursing, a care concept that seeks to strengthen bonds, relationships and connections, leveraging them for optimal functioning across care levels and the family life span. Her team, consisting of doctors and professors in nursing, have been involved in institution-based coaching of over 160 nurses in family bond nursing care. 

Julie is a Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, an Erickson Hynoptic Therapist and a Results Technology Coach. She uses mind and body techniques to help patients experience more enhancing health transitions and outcomes.

Her works within the family health space earned her both local and international recognitions and awards. She has graced both local and international platforms, speaking on the Role of Family Bonding in managing illnesses and achieving positive health outcomes.

She’s currently the pioneer country Liaison of the International Family Nurses Association and a managing partner of AF Healthcare, a Telemedicine company in Abuja, Nigeria.

Julie is a highly sought-after thought leader, trainer, speaker coach and moderator on matters concerning health access, family wellness, school-family collaboration, family development and management during a life event, and more. 

She has been a guest on digital and terrestrial media platforms like Television Continental (TVC) Breakfast News, GalaxyTV, PlusTV, Inspiration FM, Cool FM, Hot FM, Wazobia Radio, and Pinnacle Health Radio.

Julie uses WhatsApp and video conferencing platforms to inspire and build the capacity of over 600 nurses.

Julie became certified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in 2008. She is known to say that Her passion fuels her profession. She’s married with children.

Abiola Ayilara

Abiola Ayilara

With over 12 years of experience in building the leading health-tech company in Nigeria – My Care Assistant Abiola Ayilara’s role as Founder & CEO is a reflection of her commitment to improving the lives of others.

MyCare Assistant is a fast-rising digital solution that provides caregiving services to vulnerable people, bridging the gap between quality, affordable healthcare and its access to patients and their family members.

She is a certified nurse with an active registration at the NMCN, NMC, UK and the convener of Nurse Digital Transformation Boot Camp is a movement aimed at improving the awareness of health informatics among Nigerian nurses. 

Its maiden edition hosted over 100 nurses; four nurses won a scholarship to study data analytics. Abiola is also a global speaker passionate about personal and professional development and uses her platform, to educate, enlighten, and impact nurses worldwide.

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Mr. Oluwaseyi Olawale

Mr Oluwaseyi Olawale is the visionary founder and CEO of GENOMAC HUB, a thriving independent biotech startup based in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. With an unwavering commitment to proffering sustainable solutions to today’s pressing global health challenges, he spearheads a mission that harnesses the potential of nature and cutting-edge technology through integrative R&D.

Under his guidance, GENOMAC HUB has achieved remarkable milestones, standing as a beacon of progress in the biotech space. With an innovative spirit at his core, Mr Oluwaseyi has a track record of more than five years as a seasoned Bioinformatician and Omics-based researcher.

His skillset encompasses a profound command of data analytics in domains ranging from Genomics, Mutagenesis, Metagenomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics. 

He also spearheads groundbreaking research and development initiatives, including tapping into the potential of African medicinal plants for an effective and innovative cure for Diabetics and treatment for Hemorrhoids and Diarrhea, the use of Bioinformatics and Artificial Intelligence to combat antimicrobial resistance with genomics data in Africa and the development of novel therapeutic peptides against targeted infections and diseases.

Dr. Yetunde Tola (RN, RM, PhD)

TOLA, Yetunde Oluwafunmilayo, was born in Lagos state, Nigeria, where she obtained her primary and secondary education. She obtained her first degree in Nursing from the prestigious Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria. Yetunde obtained her master’s in Nursing science from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, and her doctoral degree in Nursing from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 Yetunde’s research mainly focused on adult and geriatric nursing, especially cancer survivorship, pain management, maternal health, and dementia care. She has published her research works in internationally referred journals, presented at several international conferences, collaborated with researchers from different parts of the world and has co-authored a book titled “The Period Passport” and a book chapter about pain management after thoracic and breast surgery.

Yetunde is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is a registered nurse with the College of Registered Nurses Alberta and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Yetunde is a Global Nursing Leadership Institute Alumnus and volunteers as the Director of Research and Statistics at the Institute of Nursing Research, Nigeria.

She is also a member of the Canadian Black Nurses Alliance.

 Mr. Emmanuel O. Adesuyi (RN, PhD (c))

Emmanuel Adesuyi is a registered nurse and midwife with Nigeria’s Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

He is also registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom as an adult nurse. His master’s degree in public health, Epidemiology, and Infection Control speciality and experience with patients in Hospitals led him to seek better ways of approaching nursing practice through credible research. 

He is very vast in information and computer technology, as he believes research in the 21st century should be faster and more trustworthy due to the rapid increase in the application of new technologies to research processes. In 2016, being one of INR’s founding members, he became the Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Nursing Research, Nigeria.

His current research interests include Nursing education, genomics, genetics, oncology, cancer metastasis, and common public health issues. He has also published a number of books and research papers in reputable journals. He is the recipient of the 2023 Sigma Theta Tau Phi Mu Chapter Grant award in the research category. 

He is currently a doctoral researcher and assistant lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.

Dr Oluwadamilare Akingbade

Oluwadamilare Akingbade is a dynamic community health nursing specialist and post-doctoral researcher passionate about impacting families and communities through research while building the capacity of nurses in scholarly endeavours. 

He graduated from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso in 2011, where he was certified as a nurse, midwife, and public health nurse. He proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he bagged a master’s degree in Community Health Nursing in 2017. He recently bagged a PhD Nursing degree, having obtained a fully-funded scholarship at the Nethersole School of Nursing University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

A nurse-clinician, Damilare practised at different clinical facilities from 2012-2017. A nurse administrator, he was seconded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria by the Lagos State Government in November 2017. 

He contributed his quota to upholding nursing education and practice standards in Nigeria until July 2020 before proceeding with his PhD programme. A lover of research, Damilare and other like-minded nurse-researchers at Fellowship of Christian Nurses founded the Institute of Nursing Research, Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation passionate about building nurses’ capacity in research and disseminating findings. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the institute and a resource person at the institute’s journal club. A writer to the core, he has several publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit. His research interests include telehealth, oncology, infectious diseases, and maternal and child health.

Damilare is highly committed to mentoring and inspiring nurses, a role he has played for over a decade from his days as a leader at Fellowship of Christian Nurses South-West Zone Nigeria and his current role as the project manager at Focusing On Young Nurses Initiative and a lecturer at Department of Nursing, Chrisland University, Nigeria.

An award-winning nurse, Damilare was named one of the top ten most inspiring male nurses in Nigeria in 2017 by Fellow Nurses Africa.

He has won the best presentation awards at many conferences. A nurse leader, Damilare, recently graduated from the Global Nursing Leader Institute (GNLI), a strategic policy leadership programme organised by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) for senior nurse leaders worldwide. He received an award to be part of the 2021 cohort from August 2021 to June 2022. 

He was recently certified by the International Council of Nurses as a Global Nurse Consultant.

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