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The University of Lagos Researchers Participate at the Network Investigators Meeting of the Global Diet and Activity Network

Professor Taibat Lawanson, University of Lagos with Dr Tolu Oni, University of Cambridge and Dr Felix Assah, University of Yaounde 1 at the Roundtable on Population Health, Urbanisation and Climate Change in Africa

The University of Lagos was well represented at the recent meeting of the Global Diet and Activity Research Network (https://gdarnet.org/) which took place at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Researchers from the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development including Professor Taibat Lawanson, Dr. Victor Onifade, Damilola Odekunle, Dr. Vide Adedayo, and Dr. Olabode Orelaja, joined collaborators from ten universities and international development organisations in the United Kingdom, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the Chancellor’s Centre, Wolfson College, the University of Cambridge between October 17 and 21, 2022. Two nonteaching staff – Mr Alabi Taiwo and Mrs Oluwatoyin Adeniyi also participated in the Research Administration sessions. Dr. Victor Onifade, and Damilola Odekunle made presentations on ongoing research from Lagos at the network meeting.

GDAR Network is funded by the United Kingdom National Institute for Health (NIHR) Global Health Research Initiative, with a primary focus to  generate evidence for sustainable NCD prevention related to food and physical activity, in the broader context of urban development, health and climate emergencies, and environmentally-vulnerable settings; bridge research and policy gaps and nurture collaboration across sectors to support healthy cities as well as build the next generation of research leaders skilled in mixed-methods approaches to addressing local and global upstream determinants of NCDs.

The highlight of the meeting was the roundtable Discussion on the Intersection of Population Health, Urbanisation and Climate Change in African cities held at the Lee Hall of Wolfson College on October 21, 2022.