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In the global world we live in today, communication is key. Kayode Osuntokun experienced the dawn of the spread of a virtual global information technology space and lived it in his work, his many travels and understood the need to stay connected. This site was created to maintain similar channels of communication, networking within and across cities, states, countries and continents, to family, friends and the medical community touched by the likes of Kayode Osuntokun.The lectures are about a variety of issues related to global health be it specific medical diseases, health policy, impact of global and local economies as well as activities related to the Osuntokun trust and Kayode's endeavor to pursue excellence in medical education. examples of Trust activities include the award given to the best graduating student from Christ's school, Ado Ekiti, the Osuntokun prize for best final year medical student and the endowment of a Chair at the University of Ibadan.

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Benjamin Oluwakayode Osuntokun (1935-1995) was a pioneering Nigerian researcher and neurologist from Okemesi, Ekiti State. He was one of the foundation members of the Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences and an early advocate and researcher on tropical neurology. He had his primary and secondary education at the Holy Trinity School, Ilawe Ekiti, the Emmanuel School, Ado Ekiti and Christ School, also in Ado Ekiti. After, finishing his secondary education, he studied medicine at the University College, Ibadan.

He joined the research staff of the University College, Ibadan in 1964, as a medical research fellow. However, upon gaining a Smith and Nephew fellowship he went abroad for further studies under the direction of Henry Miller and John Walton both eminent neurologists in Newcastle. After, spending some time in Newcastle, he took a job at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queens, London before returning to Nigeria in 1965. For the next 3 decades at the University of Ibadan, he launched a productive career, working on neuro-epidemiology and clinical and investigative neurology culminating in the ground breaking neuro epidemiological study of dementias among Nigerians(Yoruba's) in comparison to African Americans in the early to mid 1990's in collaboration with the NIH, Bethesda Maryland,USA and the Indiana University Medical Center.

In the late 1960s, he investigated cases of ataxic neuropathy in Epe due to consumption of ill processed cassava with little or no supplement. He then mapped out the epidemiology of the neuropathy and was able to carry out an exhaustive study of the basic science aspects of the resulting neuropathy. He discovered the disease was due to cyanide intoxication. At the time, little was done beyond clinical attention to the disease. His success in discovering the basis of tropical Ataxic Neuropathy ( known locally as “rase rase”)  earned him local and international acclaim in the medical community and was as a result recognized  and referred to as the  world authority on the biochemistry of ataxic neuropathy.

Whilst Osuntokun’s monumental and enduring contributions were in clinical and investigative neurology, one of his most most notable reports was on his research on  "Congenital pain asymbolia and auditory imperception"  which became a classic and the disease has since been named after Osuntokun. 

Osuntokun held a string of postgraduate degrees and professional qualifications: PhD (Ibadan) 1969; MD (London), 1971; FRCP (London) 1974; FMCP (Nigeria) and FWACP, 1976,  University of Maiduguri DSc (Honoris Causa) and in 1977 he was awarded the DSc from University of London, and remains the only Nigerian in Medical Sciences to have obtained this by research and thesis till date. He was made an Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) of Nigeria in 1978 and in 1984 he received the  the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) for distinguished contribution at national and international level in the Sciences, Medicine.
Benjamin Osuntokun was one of the Foundation members of the Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences (PAANS) and the World Federation of Neurology, and the most prolific writer and productive researcher on tropical neurology with 321 publications in Nigerian, African and International Medical Journals as at the time of his death

His academic career was a remarkable string of distinctions, honours  and appointments including but not limited to:
-Dean of Medicine University of Ibadan
-Chief Medical Officer of the University's teaching hospital, UCH
-The Sir Langley Memorial Prize of the School of Tropical Medicine
-Dr Charles R Drew World Medical Prize Award-1989        http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1989/Harvard-Professor-Nigerian-Researcher-Win-Drew-Prize/id-37e3acf296923478ba5fe31ee25f9be3
-WHO Consultant on Neurosciences – (Expert Advisory Panel) - 1973 till 1995
-Chairman, WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research(ACHR)
-Professor of Neurology University of Ibadan (1970 aged 35 years)
-Commonwealth Professor of Medicine, University of London
-Professor of Neurology, University of California Medical School

"The passing of Professor Benjamin Oluwakayode Osuntokun was deeply mourned at the local, national and international levels, and accompanied by an unprecedented cascade of tributes. This site, TheOsuntokunLectures.com is an expression of appreciation documenting his outstanding contributions in all theatres of life, and the singular way in which his words and actions have helped to sustain hope, build confidence and enhance opportunities for countless associates, fulfilling so robustly the expectations of his calling.
"When the history of medicine in the post colonial era in West Africa is written, the name BO Osuntokun will figure large, as a man of great talent, of prodigious application  and as a tireless advocate of the study of neurology in the tropics. in 1978-79, he spent a year as Commonwealth visiting professor at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital , refining the methodology for near-epidemiology and community control of common tropical neurological diseases, this was his principal and enduring research interest.
Those of us who knew Osuntokun from the early student days at Ibadan where he was as alert and able on the tennis court as in the clinic, through his time in Cardiff to the final chapter in Cambridge will remember a man of great warmth and humor, a true friend and exemplary ambassador for Nigeria, in all this he was beautifully complimented by the gifts of his wife who graduated in Ibadan with him and who now holds the chair of Ophthalmology there........in the early years he came to Britain to learn, later it was our turn to learn from him"  Sir(Prof)Keith Peters(Regius Professor of Physic, University of Cambridge Medical School)  & Prof Eldred Parry(former dean of medicine Univ of Kumasi and Ilorin)