Summary

For well over two decades, I have been passionate about teaching, educating and mentoring a generation of individuals who will be positioned to take on responsibilities locally and globally by making positive contributions to the society.  Mentoring, network building, counseling, research, guidance and research have been quite critical to these endeavors.

Presently, through FRANCHISE CONSULTING fired with the motivation to apply these inter-personal skills to individuals seeking investment in business franchises on a passive (part-time) or active (full-time) basis, I am interested in linking up with persons exploring investment opportunities in franchises and businesses.  Franchise systems offer practices, training and opportunities that can consistently provide customers with quality goods and services and therefore increase the chances of good return on initial investment. Individuals in the United States interested in pursuing independence through acquisition of business franchise(s) within the United States as well as investment opportunities that exist in one of the most rapidly growing emergent economies (Nigeria) are encouraged to establish contact.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2014 - Present

President

Camville Corporation

Defining goals and objectives of the Corporation; Network building; Resource Management; Decision making on administrative, core management and administrative issues

Aug 2006 - May 2014

Assistant Professor

Clark Atlanta University
  1. Encouraged students’ development of critical thinking and analytical skills
  2. Guided students into reaching a fundamental understanding of the concept of structure-function relationship as a sine qua non concept underlying all biological processes
  3. Presented of up-to-date information and encourage cultivation of problem solving skills in students
  4. Effectively incorporated new technology in the instructional process
  5. Mentored minority undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines
  6. Provided expert advise to the White House establishment on practical ways to increase the involvement of under-represented minority researchers and students in top level biomedical research enterprise funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA)
  7. courses taught

                —BIO 476: Human Physiology (class size; 35 students)

                —BIO 111: General Biology I (class size; 50 students)

                —BIO 112: General Biology II (class size: 50+ students)

                —BIO 101: Biological Science (class size; 55 students)

                —BIO 230: Anatomy and Physiology I (class size 35-55 students)

                —BIO 231: Anatomy and Physiology II (class size 35-55 students)
Jan 2003 - Jun 2006

Adjunct Professor

Community college of philadelphia

Taught General Biology Courses; lecture and laboratories (Anatomy and Physiology I and II) to pre-Nursing and Allied Health/Biomedical students

─BIO 109- Anatomy and Physiology I (lectures and laboratories; average 25 students)

─BIO 110- Anatomy and Physiology II (lectures and laboratories; average 28 students)

2000 - Jan 2006

Manuscript Reviewer

Experimental Brain Research

Pre-publication scientific review of research manuscripts and making a recommendation for its suitability for publication based on scientific merit, advancement of knowledge in the specific field, excellent articulation and communication of research findings in NEUROSCIENCE.

2000 - Dec 2004

Manuscript Reviewer

European Journal of Neuroscience

Pre-publication scientific review of research manuscripts and making a recommendation for its suitability for publication based on scientific merit, advancement of knowledge in the specific field, excellent articulation and communication of research findings in NEUROSCIENCE.

Sep 2001 - Dec 2001

Adjunct Professor

Arcadia Univeristy

Taught BIO 203- Animal Comparative Physiology lectures and laboratories; (class size 63 students)

Education

Education
1993 - 1997

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in MEDICAL SCIENCE (Neuroscience)

Kochi Medical School, Kochi, Japan

Dissertation: Physiological role of nitric oxide in the formation of an olfactory recognition memory and function in the hypothalamo-hypophysial system (supervised by Prof Takashi Higuchi)

Jan 1993 - Apr 1993

Foreign Research Fellow

Foreign Research Fellowship Ministry of Education

Japanese Government Foreign Research Fellowship with Dr. Hideto Kaba, Kochi Medical School, Japan

Sep 1988 - Jan 1990

M.Sc (Master of Science) in PHYSIOLOGY

University of Ibadan, ibadan, nigeria

Thesis: The effect of full and modified cow’s urine concoction on gastric acid secretion in rats (supervised by Prof D.D.O. Oyebola)

Sep 1983 - Jun 1987

B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) in PHYSIOLOGY

University of Ibadan

Second class Upper Division (GPA 3.85/4.00)

Skills

Skills

Management

Resource and personnel management in academia and business. Held supervisory and decision-making roles as head of a research laboratory unit involving  one technician, two doctoral students and seven undergraduate students .

Research: Behavioral testing in laboratory animals

Training in the behavioral paradigm for an assessment of the formation of olfactory recognition memory in female mice for the pheromones of the stud male following mating (Physiology & Behavior 58 (2), 387-391, 1995; Neuroscience 71(2), 349-354, 1996; Neuroscience Letters 217 (2/3), 197-199, 1996). Also received training in the quantification of basic maternal behavior in rats. (NeuroReport 7 (10), 1695-1699, 1996.)

Research: Radioimmunoassay       

Quantification of plasma hormone levels particularly those involved in regulation of some reproductive processes, especially oxytocin and luteinizing hormone (Asia Pacific Journal of Pharmacology 10, 33 -36, 1995.)

Histochemistry and immunohistochemistry

Using a combination of histochemistry and immunological reactions to demonstrate the presence of enzymes and neurotransmitters in situ (Neuroscience Letters 220 (2), 133-136, 1996; Brain Research 784, 337-340, 1998; Brain Research 857, 308-312, 2000; Brain Research 877, 85-90, 2000; Journal of Comparative Neurology 423, 670-686, 2000).

In vivo manipulations in laboratory animals including stereotaxic surgery and placement of cannulae into the right atrium of rats for blood sampling

Routine methodology employed in the blood sampling for hormone assay and stereotaxic surgery for the purpose of drug injection into specific brain area of interest.

Rodent surgery

Various stereotaxic and in vivo-related surgeries

Certifications

Certifications
2014 - Present

Member, Franchise Brokers Association

Franchise Training Institute, Inc.

Specialized training for consultancy representation of both potential franchisees and franchisors to enter into a legal contract in which franchisor grants the franchisee the rights and priviledges to use its brand's products and services.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed publications

1). 1995     Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Failure of intrabulbar and peripheral administration of Nw-nitro-L-arginine to prevent the formation of an olfactory memory in mice. Physiology & Behavior 58 (2): 387-391.

2). 1995     Lutterodt GD, Okere C, Liu C-X and Higuchi T. Induction of oxytocin release at various stages of pregnancy in the rat by a methanolic extract of Sida veronicafoliae. Asia Pacific Journal of Pharmacology 10: 33-36.

3). 1996     Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Formation of an olfactory recognition memory in mice: reassessment of the role of nitric oxide. Neuroscience 71(2), 349-354.

4). 1996    Okere CO, Higuchi T, Kaba H, Russell JA, Okutani F, Takahashi S and Murata T. Nitric oxide prolongs parturition and inhibits maternal behavior in rats. NeuroReport 7 (10): 1695-1699.

Subject of "In Focus", in which Editors provide commentaries on a key paper within the journal issue. Morris J.F. (1996) Now, NO says no to parturition and maternal behavior via central oxytocin. NeuroReport 7: 1541.

5). 1996     Okere CO, Kaba H, Takahashi S and Higuchi T. Intrabulbar infusions of (±)S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine and L-arginine induce functional plasticity in the accessory olfactory bulb of female mice. Neuroscience Letters 217 (2/3): 197-199.

6). 1996     Okere CO, Wang, Y-F, Higuchi T, Negoro H, Okutani F, Takahashi S and Murata T. The effect of systemic and central nitric oxide administration on milk availability in lactating rats. NeuroReport 8 (1): 243-247.

7). 1996     Okere CO and Higuchi T. Down-regulation of endogenous nitric oxide synthase in late-pregnancy and parturition in the rat hypothalamic magnocellular neurons and neurohypophysis. Neuroscience Letters 220 (2): 133-136.

8). 1997     Okere CO, Murata E, Murata T, Takahashi S, Okutani F and Higuchi T. Parturition up-regulates nitric oxide synthase activity in the rat anterior pituitary gland. NeuroReport 8 (4): 817-821.

9). 1998     Okere CO, Murata E and Higuchi T. Perivascular localization of nitric oxide synthase in the rat adenohypohysis: potential implications for function and cell-cell interaction. Brain Research 784 (1/2): 337-340.

10). 1999   Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. A role for nitric oxide in the median eminence and arcuate nucleus response to capsaicin in rats. NeuroReport 10 (6): 1209-1213.

11). 1999   Okere CO, Kaba H, Seto K and Higuchi T. Intracerebroventricular injection of a nitric oxide donor attenuates Fos expression in the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei of lactating rats. Brain Research 828 (1/2): 104-114.

12). 2000   Okere CO and Kaba H. Region-specific localization of glutamine synthetase immunoreactivity in the mouse olfactory bulb: implications for neuron-glia interaction in bulbar synaptic plasticity. Brain Research 857 (1/2): 308-312.

13). 2000   Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Differential activation of Fos-like immunoreactivity in the arcuate nucleus and the amygdala after intracerebroventricular injection of sodium nitroprusside and Nw-nitro-L-arginine in conscious and urethane-anesthetized lactating rats. Neuroscience Letters 283 (3): 189-192.

14). 2000   Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Importance of endogenous nitric oxide synthase in the rat hypothalamus and amygdala in mediating the response to capsaicin. Journal of Comparative Neurology 423 (4): 670-686.

15). 2000   Otukonyong EE, Okere CO, Johnstone LE, Murata T, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Effect of suckling on NADPH diaphorase (nitric oxide synthase, NOS) reactivity and NOS mRNA expression in the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei of lactating rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 12 (10): 1001-1008.

16). 2000   Okere CO and Kaba H. Heterogeneous immunohistochemical expression of microglia-specific ionized calcium binding protein (Iba1) in the mouse olfactory bulb. Brain Research 877 (1): 85-90.

Image used for Brain Research cover illustration (same journal vol. and number)

17). 2000   Okere CO, Higuchi T and Kaba H. Fos activation and upregulation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase in the rat pituitary by acute capsaicin injection. Neuroscience Letters 295 (3): 73-76.

18). 2000   Okere CO and Kaba H. Increased expression of neuronal nitric oxide synthase mRNA in the accessory olfactory bulb during the formation of olfactory recognition memory in mice. European Journal of Neuroscience 12 (12): 4552-4556.

19). 2001   Okere CO, Higuchi T and Kaba H. Stimulus-dependence of NO-mediated neuronal activation: A Fos expression study in the hippocampus and cortex of lactating rats. NeuroReport 12 (13): 2859-2864.

20). 2002   Higuchi T and Okere CO. Role of the supraoptic nucleus in regulation of parturition and milk ejection revisited. Microscopy Research and Technique 56 (2): 113-121.

21). 2003   Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Inter- and intra- nuclear differences in galanin expression between the hypothalamic paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei in colchicine-untreated rats. Brain Research 972 (1/2): 222-228.

22). 2004   Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Capsaicin increases GFAP and glutamine synthetase immunoreactivity in the rat arcuate nucleus and median eminence. NeuroReport 15: 255-258.

23). 2006   Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Activity-dependent heterogeneous populations of nitric oxide synthase neurons in the rat dorsal raphe. Brain Research 1086(1): 117-132.

   Image from this paper was used for Brain Research cover illustration (same journal vol. and number)

24). 2006   Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Acute capsaicin injection increases nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase staining independent of Fos activation in the rat dorsolateral periaqueductal gray. Neuroscience Letters 404(3):288-93.

25) 2006    Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Acute restraint increases NADPH-diaphorase staining in distinct subregions of the rat dorsal raphe nucleus: implications for raphe serotonergic and nitrergic transmission. Brain Research 1119(1): 174-181.

*26) 2012  Smalls, SL and Okere CO. Acute restraint increases varicosity density and reduces the inter-varicosity distance in NADPH diaphorase-containing neurons in the rat dorsolateral periaqueductal gray matter. Neuroscience Letters 511: 23-27.

27) 2012    Okere CO. Differential plasticity of microglial cells in the rostrocaudal neuraxis of the accessory olfactory bulb of female mice following mating and stud male exposure. Neuroscience Letters 514: 116-121.

28) 2012    Okere CO, Vasudeva RK and Waterhouse BD. Distribution of NMDA receptor 1 subunit immunoreactivity on serotonin- and nitric oxide synthase- containing neurons within distinct subregions of the rat dorsal raphe nucleus (submitted: Brain Research, Sept 2012: under review)

29) 2013    Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Nicotine withdrawal upregulates nitrergic and galaninergic activity in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus and locus coeruleus. Neuroscience Letters 536: 29-34 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2012.12.006)

 

*Publication with undergraduate student co-author

 

Book Chapters:

(1) 2011     Higuchi T and Okere CO. Development of regulation of food intake by the gut and the brain: modeling in animals. In: International Handbook of Behavior, Diet and Nutrition. vols 1 & 2. Victor R. Preedy (ed.). New York, Springer. 387-403.

i: abstracts in referred journals

1) 1995      Higuchi T, Yu G-Z, Liu C-X, Jiang Z-Y, Okere C, Okutani F and Kaba H. The role of oxytocin in parturition and maternal behavior. Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology 22(3) p A27, S12-9 (O).

2) 1995      Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. A role for nitric oxide in the olfactory recognition memory? Japanese Journal of Physiology 45, Suppl.1, 463P, S165.

3) 1995      Russell JA, Okere C and Higuchi T. Nitric oxide inhibition of parturition and maternal behavior in the rat: interaction with centrally-administered oxytocin. Journal of Fertility and Reproduction (Abstract). 16, 26.70.

4) 1996      Okere CO, Higuchi T, Takahashi S, Okutani F and Murata T. Nitric oxide synthase activity in the rat hypothalamo-hypophyseal system - any relation to pregnancy and parturition? Japanese Journal of Physiology 46 (suppl.) S193, 733.

5) 1996      Okere CO, Takahashi S, Murata T, Okutani F and Higuchi T. NADPH-diaphorase staining suggests variation of nitric oxide synthase during pregnancy and parturition in the rat anterior pituitary, paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei. Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica 29 (Suppl.), 1045-1046.

6) 1996      Okere CO, Murata T, Takahashi S, Okutani F and Higuchi T. The change of nitric oxide synthase activity in the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system and in the adenohypophysis during pregnancy and parturition (Japanese). Folia Endocrinologica Japonica 72 (5), 920, 56.

7) 1996      Okutani F, Kaba H, Murata T, Takahashi S, Okere CO and Higuchi T Vaginocervical stimulation affects neural activity in the rat olfactory bulb via the locus coeruleus. Society of Neuroscience Abstract vol 22 794.12.

8) 1997      Okere CO and Higuchi T. Does central injection of a nitric oxide agonist or antagonist affect c-fos expression in the hypothalamic magnocellular nuclei and plasma oxytocin in lactating rats? Folia Endocrinologica Japonica 73 (5), p. 191, 30.

9) 1998      Okere CO, Higuchi T, Kaba H and Seto K. I. c. v. injection of nitric oxide inhibits c-fos expression in hypothalamic magnocellular nuclei in lactating rats. Japanese Journal of Physiology 48 (suppl.) S205.

10) 1998    Otukonyong EE, Okere CO, Murata T, Kaba H and Higuchi T. The role of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in the regulation of interactions between energy balance and reproduction. Japanese Journal of Physiology 48 (suppl.) S204.

11) 1998    Okere CO, Higuchi T and Kaba H. Central injection of a nitric oxide donor induces c-fos expression in the hippocampus and cortex of lactating rats. Folia Endocrinologica Japonica 74 (1) 192, P-359.

12) 1998    Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Involvement of glial cells in the formation of an olfactory recognition memory in mice. Neuroscience Research Suppl. 22, S207, 419.

13) 1998    Okere CO, Higuchi T and Kaba H. Capsaicin activation of nitrergic neurons in the hypothalamus and amygdala. Folia Endocrinologica Japonica 74 (2) 455, P137.

14) 1998    Otukonyong EE, Okere CO, Johnstone L. E., Murata T, Ishii K, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Effect of suckling on the nitric oxide synthase activity in the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei in lactating rats. Folia Endocrinologica Japonica 74 (2) 452, P128.

15) 1998    Kaba H and Okere CO. Oestrus-inducing pheromone of mice: its perception and memory. Folia Endocrinologica Japonica 74 (2) 415, R14.

16) 1999    Okere CO and Kaba H. Examination of neuronal NOS gene expression in the accessory olfactory bulb of female mice during olfactory memory formation. Japanese Journal of Physiology 50 (suppl.) in press, 2000

17) 2000    Kaba H and Okere CO. The importance of neuron-glia interaction in the formation of an olfactory memory in mice. XII International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste (ISOT) & XIV European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO) Abstract. (in press) 2000

18) 2002    Markowitz, RS, Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Acute capsaicin injection reveals functional heterogeneity of nitric oxide synthase and galaninergic neuronal profiles in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus. Soc. Neurosci Abstr. 2002. 828.7

19) 2002    Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Activation of galanin-like immunoreactivity in nuclei of the neuroendocrine stress-response circuit by acute injection of capsaicin. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 2002. 75.6

20) 2003    Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. The nucleus dorsal raphe is functionally heterogenous: observations in rats exposed to acute stress. 6th Biennial meeting of Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (in press)

21) 2003    Okere CO. Synaptic mechanisms underlying the formation of olfactory recognition memory. 6th Biennial meeting of Society of Neuroscientists of Africa, Abuja, Nigeria (in press)

22) 2003    Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Are glial cells involved in functional plasticity in the dorsal raphe nucleus? Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 2003. 829.14

23) 2004    Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Heterogenous axonal varicosity distribution of nitric oxide synthase fibers in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 2004.988.15

24) 2004    Waterhouse BD, Okere C, Kimberly S, Lin R and Lee H. Functional organization of the rodent dorsal raphe nucleus: efferent topography, neurochemical organization and physiological specificity. ACNP Abstr. Neuropsychopharmacology 29: S38

25) 2005    Vasudeva R, Okere CO and Waterhouse BD. Expression of NMDA receptor 1 on serotonin and nitric oxide synthase-containing neurons in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 2005. (in press)

26). 2006   Okere CO, Onn SP, Waterhouse BD. Nicotine withdrawal alters nitric oxide synthase and/or galanin immunoreactivity in the rat dorsal raphe and locus coeruleus. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 2006

27). 2006. Vasudeva RK, Okere CO, Waterhouse BD. Serotonin-1a receptors are located on nitric oxide synthase containing neurons throughout the dorsal raphe nucleus. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 2006

28) 2007 Okere CO, Waterhouse BD. 2007. Activity-dependent heterogeneous populations of nitric oxide synthase-containing neurons in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus. J. Environ Neurosci. Biomed. 1: 45a

29). 2007. Okere CO. 2007. NO neuroendocrine function. J. Environ Neurosci. Biomed. 1: 45b

30). 2007 Chukwu A, Ukanacho O, Nwachukwu N, Akagha O, Okere C, Njemanze PC. 2007. Effects of elevated fasting blood sugar on carotid stenosis. J. Environ Neurosci. Biomed. 1: 46

31). 2009   Okere CO. Increased expression of microglia- specific ionized calcium binding adaptor protein (Iba1) in the accessory olfactory bulb during the formation of olfactory recognition memory in female mice” presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago Oct 17-21, 2009

 

ii: Other conference abstracts (unpublished)

32) 1995    Okere CO, Higuchi T and Kaba H. Nitric oxide treatment in late pregnancy prolongs the duration of parturition in rats. Abstract. Fourth IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, D13.41, p450.

33) 1995    Okere CO, Higuchi T, Kaba H and Takahashi S. Evidence to suggest that nitric oxide may affect milk availability in rats. First Joint World Congress of Neurohypophysis and vasopressin P-19, p 104.

34) 1995    Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Induction of an olfactory memory in mice by intrabulbar infusions of a nitric oxide donor. 47th Shikoku-Chugoku Local Meeting of the Physiological Society of Japan, C1430, 9.

35) 1996    Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Nitric oxide and functional plasticity in the accessory olfactory bulb of female mice. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (Abstracts) 5, P1-46, 52.

36) 1996    Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Evidence for nitric oxide-induced functional plasticity in the accessory olfactory bulb of female mice. 1st Federation of Asian-Oceania Neurosciences Society (FAONS) and 1st IBRO Regional Congress, Abstracts, 167.

37) 1997    Okere CO, Higuchi T and Seto K. Does central injection of a nitric oxide agonist or antagonist affect c-fos expression in the hypothalamic magnocellular nuclei and plasma oxytocin in lactating rats? 8th Chugoku-Shikoku Neuroendocrinology Meeting Abstract, p 8.

38) 1998    Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Assessment of possible involvement of glial cells in the formation of an olfactory recognition memory in mice. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society Abstract, 7, P1-10, p33.

39) 1999    Okere CO, Kaba H and Higuchi T. Neuron-glia interaction in the formation of an olfactory recognition memory in mice. Society of Neuroscientists of Africa Abstract 4, 118, 1999.

40) 2000    Kaba H and Okere CO. Synpatic mechanisms of an olfactory memory in mice. The NIDBB International COE Symposium: Mechanisms of Neural Network Formation.Abstract P-4.

41) 2008    Okere CO. The dorsal raphe nucleus: Serotonin is only part of the story. Presented at the 2nd INBR International Neuroscience Conference, Owerri, Nigeria.

42) 2009   Ransom, S. and Okere CO. Microglia- specific ionized calcium binding adaptor protein (Iba1) and the formation of olfactory recognition memory in female mice” presented at the 4th Annual Conference on Prostrate Cancer, Atlanta, Mar, 2009

43) 2009    Okere, CO, Increased expression of microglia-specific ionized calcium binding adaptor protein-1 (Iba1) in the accessory olfactory bulb during the formation of olfactory recognition memory in mice. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 477:11 Poster.

44). 2010   Okere CO, Glial cells mediate functional plasticity in the accessory olfactory bulb during pheromone-dependent formation of recognition memory in female mice. Plenary session at the 3rd INBR International Neuroscience Conference, Abuja, Nigeria

45) 2011    Smith M, Nichols, IS, Okere CO, Spatio-temporal activation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase system within distinct subregions of the rat dorsal raphe nucleus by acute restraint stress. 41st Annual Society for Neuroscience Abstract

46) 2011    Okere CO, Smith MI, Nichols IS, Temporal profile of phospho-ERK 1/2 immunoreactivity in a discrete mesolimbocortical stress-responsive circuit following acute restraint in male rats. 41 Annual Society for Neuroscience Abstract

46) 2011    Nichols IS, Smith MI, Okere CO, Acute Restraint Induces Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate Diaphorase System Activity in Distinct Subregions of the Rat Dorsal Raphe Nucleus. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Abstr.

47) 2012    Ekwerike A, Okea R, Obikudu A, Nwoha P, Okere C, The New health quest to conquer neurotoxin spongy fibrous syndrome (NTSFS): Science Medicine Research Profession’s novel study perspective. 4th INBR International Neuroscience Conference, Owerri, Nigeria

48) 2012    Nichols I, Smith M, Okere C, Modfication of dorsal raphe nucleus nitrergic system by acute restraint. Presented at the Annual Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) Prostate Cancer Research Symposium, Atlanta

49) 2012 Smith M, Nichols I, Okere C. Temporal activation profile of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate system within the paraventricular and supraoptic nucleus following restraint. 42 Annual Society for Neuroscience Abstract

50) 2013    Cobbs-Hart, J, Smith MS, Nichols, Crawford, L., Okere CO. Differential activity of NDPH-d in the paraventricular and supraoptic nucleus. Annual Prostrate Cancer Symposium, Clark Atlanta University.

51) 2013    Crawford L, Cobbs-Hart J, Nichols I, Smith M, Okere CO. Does acute restraint stress alter the constitutive nitrergic system in the thalamus? Annual Prostrate Cancer Symposium, Clark Atlanta University.

52) 2013    Nichols, IS, Smith MS, Okere CO. Restraint-induced change in varicosities of NADPH-d containing fibers in the dorsal raphe nucleus suggests raphe synaptic and non-synaptic nitergic transmission. Emory STEM Symposium, Apr. 2013

53) 2013    Franklin, J., Smith MS, Okere CO. Differentiation of Nitric Oxide Synthase Activation in the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus of Acute Stressed Rats. 2013 ABRCMS.

54) 2013    Cobbs-Hart, J. Smith, MS, Okere CO. Acute Restraint-induced Differential Activity of Nadph-d Cells Within the Paraventricular Nucleus. 2013 ABRCMS.

55) 2013    Crawford L., Nichols IS, Smith MS, Okere CO. Effect of Inhibitor of Acety-CoA Carboxylase on the InVitro Maturation of Feline Oocytes. 2013 ABRCMS.

Guest Lectures

Invited/Guest lectures

  • “Nitric oxide and physiology: a perspective from an olfactory memory and hypothalamo-hypophysial system models”. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical School, Nnewi, Nigeria (21 July 1999)

2001    “Formation of an olfactory recognition memory and neuroendocrine regulation? Just say NO” Department of Physiology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (10th February 2001)

2001    “Formation of an olfactory recognition memory and neuroendocrine regulation? Just say NO” Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois (17th April 2001)

  • “The requirement for nitric oxide and neuron-glia interaction in olfactory recognition memory”  

           Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada (13th August 2001)

2002    “Nitric oxide and neuron-glia communication are required for the formation of olfactory memory” RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan (April 10, 2002)

2004    “Synaptic plasticity underlying formation of olfactory recognition memory” Institute for Neuroscience and Biomedical Research (INBR) at Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria (April 27-29, 2004).

2005    “Functional heterogeneity of the dorsal raphe nucleus: serotonin is only part of the story” Institute for Neuroscience and Biomedical Research (INBR) at Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria (May 2-5, 2005).

2008    “The role of nitric oxide in the formation of olfactory recognition memory” Clocks Club Seminar, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (October 7, 2008).

2015    "Self-empowerment now and for the future: The Franchise Alternative". Annual Retreat of NIGERIAN WOMEN ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA

Academic Service

(i) Membership of Committees and Subcommittees (within and outside CAU)

1)      Member, Biology Department Graduate Admissions Committee 2009 -2014

2)      CAU Representative in Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, CBN (Ad-hoc) Committee which worked together with other CBN affiliated-colleges and universities in the Atlanta Metro area to develop an undergraduate course (a seminar series format) on BIOMEDICAL BUSINESS seminar series. This course is designed to expose Science students to the business environment by having CEOs and COOs of big corporations deliver this seminar series. Adopted by other universities in the Atlanta Metro area except CAU

3)      CAU Representative on CBN affiliated colleges and universities Undergraduate Education Committee Sept 2006 till date

4)      Member, CAU Local Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Community Service

1)      Volunteer, Ballot Counts for the School of Arts and Sciences elections, September 2007

2)      Volunteer, Ballot Counts for the School of Arts and Sciences elections, September 2008

3)      Volunteer, CBN Undergraduate Education Committee Panel on BRAIN 2008 Application Review

4)      Volunteer Judge, 2008 Curtis L. Parker Student Research Day, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

5)      Judge for Student Presentations

Service to Profession

1)      Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Neuroscience and Biomedical Research (an affiliate of International Brain Research Organization, IBRO, an organization committed to fostering the growth and development of Neuroscience education and research in all parts of the world).

2)      Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Neuroscience and Biomedicine (JENB)

2000-2104       Manuscript Reviewer, Experimental Brain Research

2000-2104       Manuscript Reviewer, European Journal of Neuroscience

2003-2014       Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Anatomy

2001-present   Member, International Organizing Committee 6th Biennial International Congress of Society of Neuroscientists of Africa in Abuja, Nigeria (27-30 April, 2003)

2003- present Member, Board of Directors; IBRO Institute of Neuroscience and Biomedical Research (at Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria)

2007- present Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Neuroscience and Biomedicine

Professional Memberships

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Member, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society

Member, Society for Neuroscience

Member. Franchise Brokers Association

Pro bono Visiting Professorships

  1. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical School, Nigeria (1999)
  2. Department of Physiology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (1999)

Administrative experience

  1. Acting Head, Department of Physiology, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria (Oct. 14-28, 1992)
  2. Faculty of Medical Sciences Representative to the Academic Board, Faculty of Law, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria (1991-1993)

(3) Elder, Atlanta Fellowship (home church based in Lawrenceville area; (http://www.atlantafellowship.com/childrens corner/; http://www.justin.tv/atlantafellowship/b/258362637).

Recognition

►Biographee, Marquis Who's Who in the World, from 16th Edition, p 1201, 1999-2001

►Biographee, Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, from 5th Edition, 1999 -2005

►Biographee, International Biographical Centre's Outstanding People of the 20th Century, 1999

►Biographee, Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and the Health Sciences, from 3rd Edition, 2000

►Biographee, Marquis Who's Who in America, from 56th Edition, Sept. 2001

►Member, The Science Advisory Board (USA)

Management and Consultancy Experience

►President, Camville Corporation (DBA, FirstChoice Franchise Consulting) This company is set up to provide consultation and guidance for individuals interested in investing in franchise opportunities in the United States. This service is available to US residents and citizens as well as foreign nationals through the EB-2 and EB-5 visa program. Details of the specific services and opportunities are available at http://www.firstchoicefranchiseconsulting.com

►President and Chief Executive Officer, Camville Investments, LLC with business interests in real estate investments, e-business, online commerce

►Chief Operating Officer, Africaribtraders with interests in online commerce and e-business (see http://www.africaribtraders.com

References

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