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Dr. Nadia A. Sam-Agudu

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Dr. Nadia A. Sam-Agudu

Senior Technical Advisor Pediatric and Adolescent HIV

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Brief About Dr. Sam-Agudu


Prof. Nadia Sam-Agudu is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota Medical School, USA. She has served as the Senior Technical Advisor for pediatric and Adolescent HIV at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) since 2010 and is a senior research faculty at IHVN’s International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE)

Prof. Sam-Agudu obtained her medical degree from Mayo Medical School in the USA in 2002, and subsequently completed a Residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota. During her fellowship, she obtained a Certificate in Tropical Medicine awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).  She was a 2007 ASTMH Honorable Mention Young Investigator for her work on severe pediatric malaria in Uganda and was honored with the 2022 Mid-Career Global Health Leadership Award from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Prof. Sam-Agudu’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of HIV, TB, Mpox, and other infectious diseases of public health importance among children and youth in African countries.  Her HIV program implementation experience drives the formulation of research questions for formal evaluation. She applies implementation science methods to generate evidence for sustainable infectious disease prevention and control.  She has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on grants awarded by funders such as the WHO, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). She contributes her expertise to committees such as the WHO’s Adolescent HIV Service Delivery Working Group and the WHO Pediatric ART Working Group.

Prof. Sam-Agudu is a member of the Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance (NISA) and the NIH/Fogarty Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA). She leads the Central and West Africa Implementation Science Alliance (CAWISA), which has collaborators in Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, and DR Congo. Prof. Sam-Agudu supports and mentors motivated early career African scientists to pursue academic excellence and to make an impact on health outcomes in Africa.