Team leaders

Simeon Pierre CHOUKEM, MD

Simeon Pierre CHOUKEM, MD,Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology; Coordinator of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea; Consultant and Head of Diabetes and Endocrine Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Douala General Hospital; Cameroon He graduated as Doctor of Medicine in 1998 from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon. He did his specialist training in internal medicine in the same faculty (2000-2004) and in Endocrinology and Diabetes in Paris (Saint-Louis University Hospital), 2004-2006.He worked as clinical fellow and lecturer (Saint-Louis Hospital and University of Paris Medical School) and research fellow (National Institute of Health and Medical Research,INSERM, Paris) from 2006 to 2008. During his stay in Paris, he attended short research training seminars at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge Diabetes Seminar 2006) and the University of Oxford (Robert Turner course in Diabetes Research 2007).
Since his return in Cameroon in early 2009 he has been working in the Douala General Hospital and the Faculty
of Health Sciences, University of Buea where he teaches endocrinology and nephrology. In April 2013 he was received as Professor of Universities-Consultant in Paris upon his success to the French professor’s competitive exam. In 2014, he was admitted in the prestigious Cruddas Link Fellowship of the Tseu Medical institute,
Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.                                                                                                                        

Fellowships and awards

 Sir George Alberti Award 2017, by the African Diabetes Congress, for the scientific achievement in the area of diabetes in Africa, the contribution to the training of future generations of leaders in diabetes in Africa, and the commitment to develop sustainable international standard research and practice in Africa; The Sir George Alberti Lecture, delivered on 21 April 2017, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 IAS Benjamin Meaker visiting Professor, University of Bristol, 16-23 June 2014

 Cruddas Link Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK, since 2014. http://www.oxha.org/images/oxhareport.pdf

 Eurpean Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD)-Albert Renold
Fellowship, 2012: two months stay in the Oxford Centre for Diabetes,
Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM), University of Oxford, UK.

 Raymond Berger award 2008 for the excellence of the research work entitled ‘Ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes is associated with theHuman Herpesvirus 8 infection in patients of sub-Saharan African origin’ (Raymond Berger
Foundation for the study of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Lausanne, Switzerland).

Key research interests

 Diabetes and cardiovasular diseases in Africans

 Ketosis-prone and other atypical forms of diabetes in Africans

Diabetes complications and cardiovascular diseases in Africans

 Migration and diabetes

 Hypertension in chronic diseases

 Childhood and adolescent obesity and diabetes in Africa

 Critical evaluation of of point-of-care devices used in diagnosis

 Evaluation of their accuracy

 Influence of skin-contaminants on the accuracy of glucometers

 Interactions between HIV/hepatitis C virus and cardiometabolic diseases

Five key publications

 Choukem SP, Kengne AP, Nguefack ML, Mboue-Djieka Y, Nebongo D, Guimezap JT, Mbanya JC.Four-year trends in adiposity and its association with hypertension in serial groups of young adult university students in urban Cameroon: a time-series study. BMC Public Health. 2017;17(1):499.

 Bouché CH, Garnier JP, Choukem SP, Gautier JF. Falsely elevated capillary glucose and ketone levels and use of skin lightening creams.  BMJ 2015;351:h3879

 Choukem SP, SobngwiE, Boudou P, Fetita LS, Porcher R, Ibrahim F, Blondeau B, Vexiau P, Mauvais-Jarvis F, Calvo F, Gautier JF. Beta and alpha cell dysfunctions in Africans with ketosis-prone atypical diabetes during near-normoglycemic remission. Diabetes Care 2013;36(1):118-123.

 Choukem SP, Sobngwi E, Fetita LS, Boudou P, De Kerviler E, Boirie Y, Hainault I, Vexiau P, Mauvais-Jarvis F, Calvo F, Gautier JF. Multi-tissue insulin resistance despite near-normoglycemic remission in Africans with ketosis-prone diabetes. Diabetes Care 2008;31(12):2332-7

 Sobngwi E, Choukem SP, Agbalika F, Blondeau B, Fetita LS, Lebbe C, Thiam D, Cattan P, Larghero J, Foufelle F, Ferre P, Vexiau P, Calvo F, Gautier JF. Ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes mellitus and Human Herpesvirus 8 infection in sub-Saharan Africans. JAMA 2008;299(23):2770-2776. 

 (+237) 694849 129    schoukem@gmail.com; sipic2@yahoo.com

P.O. Box: 15219, Douala, Cameroon

Alain Bertrand DONGMO, PhD  

Alain Bertrand Dongmo, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology and Phytopharmacology, and Head of the Laboratory of Animal Biology in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Douala in Cameroon.
He obtained the 3rd Cycle Doctorate in Biological Science in 1995 at the University of Yaoundé I. In 2001, he defended a PhD thesis in Physiology and Phytopharmacology in co-supervision between theUniversity of Douala in Cameroon and the Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, Germany. He thereafter obtained a Habilitation (HDR) at the University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse France.
He did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Burgundy, Dijon,France from 2002 to 2003 and at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Technical University of Munich, Germany from 2007 to 2008.
Up to date, he did several research stays at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich in Germany, the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Burgundy, Dijon in France, the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Technical University of Munich in Germany, and the University Abomey Calavi, Benin.

Fellowships and awards

 Alexander von Humboldt equipment grant, in 2013

 Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, 2007

 DAAD-Alumni equipment grant, 2005-2006

 IRD  fellowship (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)  from 2002 to2005

 DAAD fellowship from 1997 to 2000

Main research areas

 Pharmacological screening of plant extracts and constituents with anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive,  analgesic,  antioxidant and antidiabetics activities.

 Critical evaluation of of point-of-care devices used in diagnosis

Five key publications

 Beppe G.P., Dongmo A.B., Foyet H.S., Dimo T., Mihasan M., Hritcu L. (2015) The aqueous extract of Albizia adianthifolia leaves attenuates 6-hydroxydopamineinduced anxiety, depression and oxidative stress in rat amygdale. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 15:374. DOI 10.1186/s12906-015-0912-0.

 Dongmo A.B., Nkeng-Efouet P.A., Devkota K.P., Wegener  J. W.,  Sewald N., Wagner H., Wolfgang V. (2014)Tetra-acetylajugasterone a new constituent of Vitex cienkowskii with vasorelaxant activity. Phytomedicine, 21:787-792.

 Dongmo A.B., Azebaze A.G.B., Metchi Donfack F, Dimo T., Nkeng-Efouet P.A., Devkota K.P., Sontia B, Wagner H., Sewald N., Vierling W. (2011) Pentacyclic triterpenoids and ceramide mediate the vasorelaxant activity of Vitex cienkowskii via involvement of NO/cGMP pathway in isolated rat aortic rings. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 133:204-221.

 Ngueguim T.F., Tabi N.T., Dzeufiet D.P.D., Tsala D.E., Dongmo A.B., Kamtchouing P. Dimo T. (2011) Protective Role of Terminalia superba Ethyl Acetate Extract Against Oxidative Stress in Type 2 Diabetes. Pharmacologia 2 (12): 355-361, 2011.

 Dongmo,A.B., Dzikouk, D.G., Massoma, L.D., Nguelefak, T.B., Vardamides, C., Kamanyi, A., Vierling, W. (2009): Antioxidant and vasorelaxant activities of the Turraeanthus africanus methanol extract. Pharmaceutical Biology 47:1123-1129.

 (+237) 676 49 19 50    alainberd@yahoo.fr /  alainberd@univ-douala.com

Jules Clement NGUEDIA ASSOB, PhD  


Jules Clement NGUEDIA ASSOB, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Biochemistry; Head of Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Acting Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea; Head, Medical Research and Applied Biochemistry Laboratory; FHS; Cameroon.
He obtained his PhD in Medical Biochemistry in June 25th, 2005 in the Department of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon; He was
promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Clinical Biochemistry in December 2014. He was the pioneer Coordinator of The Medicine Programme in 2007 and since 2014 he serves as Head of Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. He is also presently overseeing the activities of the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
He teaches Structural, Metabolic and Nutritional Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical pathology, History of Medicine, and Environmental Toxicology among other courses at the Faculty of health Sciences.

Fellowships and awards

Based on his research and fellowship trainings he has received several awards and honours, such as the International Foundation for Sciences (IFS) fellowships in 2007 and 2012 respectively; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Awards.
He is serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals like The African Journal for Integrated Health & expert Reviewers for journals like the Global Journal for Health Sciences. He has authored and co-authored over 95 research articles/05 books and Book Chapters. He is a member of many Scientific Societies.

 IAS Benjamin Meaker visiting Professor, University of Bristol, 16-23 June 2014

 Cruddas Link Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK, since 2014. http://www.oxha.org/images/oxhareport.pdf

 Eurpean Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD)-Albert Renold
Fellowship, 2012: two months stay in the Oxford Centre for Diabetes,
Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM), University of Oxford, UK.

 Raymond Berger award 2008 for the excellence of the research work entitled ‘Ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes is associated with theHuman Herpesvirus 8 infection in patients of sub-Saharan African origin’ (Raymond Berger
Foundation for the study of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Lausanne, Switzerland).

Main research areas

His research are focussed on Phytomedicine, Chemotherapy of infectious
diseases as well as in the Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Five key publications

Nsagha D. S, Pokam B.T., Assob J.C.N., Njunda A.L., Kibu O.N., Tanue E.A., Ayima  C.W. and Weledji P. E. HAART, DOTS and renal disease of patients co-infected with HIV/AIDS and TB in the South West Region of Cameroon. BMC Public Health 2015; 15:1040.DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2331-z.

 E.J. T. Mbosso, S. Ngouela, J. C. AssobNguedia, V.PenlapBeng, M. Rohmer and E. Tsamo, “In vitro antimicrobial activity of the extracts and compounds of some selected Cameroonian medicinal plants”, J.  Ethnopharmacol. 2010; 128: 476.

 AssobJules Clement Nguedia and Nsagha Dickson Shey.  African medicinal plant derived products as therapeutic arsenals against multidrug resistant microorganisms. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy. Vol. 6(5), pp. 59-69, June 2014  DOI: 10.5897/ JPP2014.0322 ISSN 2141-2502

Dickson SheyNsagha, Elroy Patrick Weledji, Nguedia Jules Clement Assob, Longdoh Anna Njunda, Elvis AsangbengTanue, Odette Dzemokibu, Charlotte WenzeAyima and Marcelin NgoweNgowe; Highly active antiretroviral therapy and dyslipidemia in people living with HIV/AIDS in Fako Division, South West Region of Cameroon. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders201515:95; DOI: 10.1186/s12872-015-0090-5

 NguediaAssob JC, Ngowe MN, Nsagha DS, Njunda AL, Waidim Y, et al. (2014) The Relationship between Uric Acid and Hypertension in Adults in Fako Division, SW Region Cameroon. J Nutr Food Sci 4:257. doi:10.4172/2155-9600.1000257

 (+237) 679 239 483 / 00237 699629452   juleclement@yahoo.fr /  jcassob@hotmail.com /  assob.nguedia@ubuea.cm

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