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Highly Decorated International Infectious Disease Expert Named Bush School Scowcroft Senior Fellow

December 03, 2019

Dr. Oyewale Tomori

Dr. Oyewale Tomori

Dr. Oyewale Tomori has been named a Senior Fellow for the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Tomori is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, with experience in virology, disease prevention, and control. He was at the University of Ibadan from 1971 to 1994. He later served as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of Redeemer’s University in Nigeria from 2004 to 2011. In 2002, he received the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the country’s highest award for academic and intellectual attainment and national development

From 1994 to 2004, Dr. Tomori was the virologist for the Africa Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), establishing the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network. In 1981, he was recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for contributions to Lassa fever research. During his career, he has authored/coauthored over 150 scientific publications.

Dr. Tomori has served and continues to serve on numerous national and international advisory committees, including as Vice Chair of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Global Health Risk Framework Commission as well as the Word Bank Interagency Working Group on Financing Preparedness and Response. Dr. Tomori is an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and currently chairs the Board of Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd, a joint venture between the Nigerian government and the May and Baker Company set up for local production of vaccines in Nigeria.

Already an avid supporter and contributor to the Scowcroft Pandemic and Biosecurity Program, Dr. Tomori participated in the Institute’s annual Pandemic Forum in Washington, DC, in May 2019, sharing his expertise on Pandemic Preparedness abroad. Dr. Tomori also served as a mentor for the Student Pandemic Simulation and as a panelist for the 5th Annual Pandemic Policy Summit in College Station, Texas, in November 2019.

The Scowcroft Senior Fellows program recognizes individuals who are committed to making significant contributions to fields that are of mutual interest to the Scowcroft Institute and its mission, aims, and objectives. The Institute Director invites individuals to participate in the program based on the expertise they will bring to collaborations with the Institute on interdisciplinary proposals, projects, and scholarship, as well as distinguished accomplishments within their discipline.