Dr. Olaniyi Taiwo

2007 Trainee

Dr. Olaniyi Taiwo graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1999. As a Research Fellow and HIV/AIDS Program Officer with the Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria, Dr. Taiwo has been working on the oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS for about nine years now.

Through his research work, Dr. Taiwo has worked extensively with human subjects, many of them HIV sero-positive patients. His experience with clinical trials has led him to believe that patients in his community are often vulnerable to any action taken by researchers because of the communication gap that exists between the researcher(s) and the patient.

From the expertise he gained from the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program in 2007, he conducted a study on the post–consent understanding of research subjects in three dental research studies. He was able to demonstrate a poor level of understanding of the consent process by the research participants.  His participation in the training had motivated him to advocate for the establishment of an ethical review committee in his office where he had been nominated as the chair. By virtue of the knowledge he gained from the training, he had been able to organize in house bioethics seminars for his colleagues and hopes to organize seminars and bioethics workshops for fellow dental practitioners /researchers working with human subjects.