Chief Medical Director
Professor Oladapo Adenrele Ashiru was born in Ogun State, Nigeria in 1950 to the illustrious Ashiru family. He had his primary education at Christ Church Porogun School Ijebu Ode and then Secondary education at Adeola Odutola College Ijebu Ode and got the best graduating student award by the Principal in 1966. He proceeded to Ijebu Ode Grammar School for his Higher School certification. He attended College of Medicine, University of Lagos, (1969 – 1974), graduating with distinction in Anatomy. His postgraduate training took place at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha (1977-1979).
Academic and Professional qualifications include MB, BS, Lagos, 1974; MS (Nebraska) 1978; PhD, Nebraska, 1979; HCLD (High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director), American Board of Bioanalysis, 1997, and CC (Clinical Consultant) ABB-USA, 2012; FASN, FNSEM. He is the President of the African Fertility Society and Association of Anatomical Society of Africa. He is a member of the Executive Council of the International Federation of Fertility Societies and the International Federation of Association of Anatomists and a member of WHO Expert Committee on Infertility. He was made a Professor of the College of Medicine University of Lagos in 1983 at the age of 32 making him the youngest professor of Medicine in Africa till date. He was awarded Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR), 2005. He was also made an Otunba of Ijebu Land by the Awujale the Paramount Ruler of Ijebu Land in 2006 in recognition of his meritorious work in infertility as Otunba Orodudujoye of Ijebuland.
Prof Ashiru has published over 140 scientific papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed national and International Journals. He has given series of lectures and television interviews on his field and he writes a Tuesday weekly Column in the Nigerian Punch Newspaper on reproduction and general well-being since 2010. He also contributes to the Guardian, Vanguard and Nation, Thisday, Tribute Newspapers and National Magazines occasionally.
His area of research interest is mainly in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproductive Technology. He discovered and reported the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) positive feedback mechanism in 1979. Several plenary lectures were given internationally on this work. This knowledge is used clinically in assisted conception technologies in the use of exogenous FSH injection in ovulation stimulation. He pioneered the technique of In-Vitro fertilization and Embryo transfer in West Africa in 1983 (experimental), 1984 (human) co-pioneer of the first test-tube baby through IVF-ET in 1989 with Giwa-Osagie.
He has equally made significant contribution in the area of experimental reproductive toxicology using stereological and histomorphormetric methods. He also improved the technique for sperm insemination, and most recently, he introduced the use of pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and embryo selection to remove abnormalities like Down’s syndrome and more importantly sickle cell embryos in married sickle cell carriers in Nigeria and also for family balancing.
Prof. Ashiru also has a diploma in Modern Mayr Medicine from The Austrian Academy of Medicine. Modern Mayr Medicine (2013) a new concept in medical treatment aimed at preventive and curative medicine through proper detoxification, nutrition and bio-identical medications. Prof Ashiru is the Chief Medical Director of the MART Group of Health services consisting of the Medical ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) Center, the MART Diagnostic Center, the Mart Medicare (for High Risk Obstetrics and Neonatal care, and the Mart Life Detox Clinic the first modern Mayr clinic in Africa.