Mapping Africa's way into prominence in the field of neurology

Mayowa O. Owolabi, James Howard Bower, Adesola Ogunniyi

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

43 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Although neurology originated in Africa, there is little modern African contribution to the advancement of knowledge in this field. We present the African neurologic service and scientific productivity indices and suggest a development plan. We conducted PubMed and EMBASE searches for articles about neurologic services in Africa. To assess scientific productivity, we determined the number of publications of African origin in journals with high impact. The neurologist-population ratio in African countries varies from 1 per 162 885 persons to none in 11 countries, compared with 1 per 29 200 persons in the United States. There are few African publications in high-impact international journals of neurology. Africa faces a heavy burden of communicable diseases and increasing noncommunicable diseases, with few workers, poor equipment, and little research effort to bear it. There is a need for African neuroscientists to discover areas of research unique to the continent in order to advance the frontiers of knowledge for all neurologists. International collaboration and support are required to improve the number of workers, resources, and research productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1696-1700
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Neurology
Volume64
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2007

Fingerprint

Neurology
Nervous System
Publications
Research
PubMed
Communicable Diseases
Equipment and Supplies
Population
Africa
Neurologists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

Cite this

Mapping Africa's way into prominence in the field of neurology. / Owolabi, Mayowa O.; Bower, James Howard; Ogunniyi, Adesola.

In: Archives of Neurology, Vol. 64, No. 12, 12.2007, p. 1696-1700.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Owolabi, Mayowa O. ; Bower, James Howard ; Ogunniyi, Adesola. / Mapping Africa's way into prominence in the field of neurology. In: Archives of Neurology. 2007 ; Vol. 64, No. 12. pp. 1696-1700.
@article{a1f623d3b67f4cf99d858d9e51fb11c3,
title = "Mapping Africa's way into prominence in the field of neurology",
abstract = "Although neurology originated in Africa, there is little modern African contribution to the advancement of knowledge in this field. We present the African neurologic service and scientific productivity indices and suggest a development plan. We conducted PubMed and EMBASE searches for articles about neurologic services in Africa. To assess scientific productivity, we determined the number of publications of African origin in journals with high impact. The neurologist-population ratio in African countries varies from 1 per 162 885 persons to none in 11 countries, compared with 1 per 29 200 persons in the United States. There are few African publications in high-impact international journals of neurology. Africa faces a heavy burden of communicable diseases and increasing noncommunicable diseases, with few workers, poor equipment, and little research effort to bear it. There is a need for African neuroscientists to discover areas of research unique to the continent in order to advance the frontiers of knowledge for all neurologists. International collaboration and support are required to improve the number of workers, resources, and research productivity.",
author = "Owolabi, {Mayowa O.} and Bower, {James Howard} and Adesola Ogunniyi",
year = "2007",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1001/archneur.64.12.1696",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "64",
pages = "1696--1700",
journal = "Archives of Neurology",
issn = "0003-9942",
publisher = "American Medical Association",
number = "12",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Mapping Africa's way into prominence in the field of neurology

AU - Owolabi, Mayowa O.

AU - Bower, James Howard

AU - Ogunniyi, Adesola

PY - 2007/12

Y1 - 2007/12

N2 - Although neurology originated in Africa, there is little modern African contribution to the advancement of knowledge in this field. We present the African neurologic service and scientific productivity indices and suggest a development plan. We conducted PubMed and EMBASE searches for articles about neurologic services in Africa. To assess scientific productivity, we determined the number of publications of African origin in journals with high impact. The neurologist-population ratio in African countries varies from 1 per 162 885 persons to none in 11 countries, compared with 1 per 29 200 persons in the United States. There are few African publications in high-impact international journals of neurology. Africa faces a heavy burden of communicable diseases and increasing noncommunicable diseases, with few workers, poor equipment, and little research effort to bear it. There is a need for African neuroscientists to discover areas of research unique to the continent in order to advance the frontiers of knowledge for all neurologists. International collaboration and support are required to improve the number of workers, resources, and research productivity.

AB - Although neurology originated in Africa, there is little modern African contribution to the advancement of knowledge in this field. We present the African neurologic service and scientific productivity indices and suggest a development plan. We conducted PubMed and EMBASE searches for articles about neurologic services in Africa. To assess scientific productivity, we determined the number of publications of African origin in journals with high impact. The neurologist-population ratio in African countries varies from 1 per 162 885 persons to none in 11 countries, compared with 1 per 29 200 persons in the United States. There are few African publications in high-impact international journals of neurology. Africa faces a heavy burden of communicable diseases and increasing noncommunicable diseases, with few workers, poor equipment, and little research effort to bear it. There is a need for African neuroscientists to discover areas of research unique to the continent in order to advance the frontiers of knowledge for all neurologists. International collaboration and support are required to improve the number of workers, resources, and research productivity.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=37149027663&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=37149027663&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1001/archneur.64.12.1696

DO - 10.1001/archneur.64.12.1696

M3 - Review article

C2 - 18071032

AN - SCOPUS:37149027663

VL - 64

SP - 1696

EP - 1700

JO - Archives of Neurology

JF - Archives of Neurology

SN - 0003-9942

IS - 12

ER -