Babatunde Opeyemi Ombola
Staffordshire University, UK
I obtained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with distinctions from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2005. Post qualification, I worked in both clinical and community settings in public health promotion projects. For a broader insight into preventive medicine and public healthcare, I studied at the University of Kuopio, Finland for an International Master’s degree in Public health. Then, as a volunteer public health specialist, I participated actively in the planning, organization and successful implementation of the e COMPASS/USAID project, which was committed to responding to health care and basic education needs of people by empowering individuals to take action for their own health. I moved on to research and development of community initiatives concerned with the right to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health; and expanding the access of vulnerable groups to health through lifestyle modifications of nutrition and exercise. I relocated to the United Kingdom in 2010 and recently completed my doctoral degree in Physical Activity and Health at Staffordshire University. My recent research activities involved the conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, clinical studies and randomised controlled trials with a critical focus on enhancing bone health of premenopausal women through specified lifestyle exercises. A number of the outputs of my research works have led to publications in high-impact journals and disseminations at national and international conferences.
I am enthused with continuous acquiring of knowledge and expanding its frontiers of knowledge by establishing a career in exercise medicine research, facilitation of learning and involvement in wellness initiatives that stimulates the public to engage in good health behaviours. I have a particular interest in health promotion, reduction in global burden of non-communicable diseases, and environmental/social factors affecting the health of women, children and adolescence. I have a passion for international development, a deep seated commitment to public health, facilitation of learning, research and communication of astute health systems principles, both to the lay and research communities.