It has, among others, the following objectives:
The goal of the Centre of excellence is to evolve into a reference centre for neglected tropical diseases, providing core facilities (sample depositories, databases, vaccine development).
The African Centre of Excellence on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria is one of the fifteen Centres of excellence recently approved (2013) for World Bank funding under the auspices of the Association of African Universities. The Centre which is anchored in the Centre for Biotechnology Research and Training (for the research and capacity training) and the Department of Biochemistry of the University (for the award of the degrees and certificates), has five other departments in the University involved - Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology, and Veterinary Public Health & Preventive Medicine.
The Centre of Excellence runs three postgraduate degree programmes, namely Postgraduate diploma in Forensic Biotechnology, and MSc. and PhD degrees in Biotechnology. A full complement of senior academics drawn from the host and collaborating institutions, are available for quality teaching and supervision to ensure graduates of international standards.
The Centre of excellence provides opportunities for research students to carry out internship or laboratory works in some of the collaborating institutions.
The Centre has established collaborations with the following institutions in the region and outside Africa:
The Centre was established with the following objectives, among others:
From 2007 till date, the Centre has trained well over 350 academics and technologists drawn from 18 tertiary educational institutions (13 Universities, 5 research institutes, etc.) in Nigeria, Cameroon and Sierra Leone in Recombinant DNA Techniques. It has won research grants from various bodies (Deutscher Forschung Gemeinschaft (DfG), World Bank funded STEP-B).
Currently, the Centre has research collaboration with University of Bremen, Germany and National Veterinary Research Institute, India. One of the outcomes of researches conducted in the Centre recently earned a former Director of the Centre, a National Merit Award.
The Centre for Biotechnology Research and Training (CBRT) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria which was conceptualised in 1997, was formally commissioned on 10th May, 2004. The Central Bank of Nigeria provided the take-off fund which was used for the physical restructuring and rehabilitation of the building. The state of art equipment currently available in the Centre was funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, USA, Central Bank of Nigeria and the University of Bremen, Germany.
The Centre has five laboratories (Genetic Engineering, Immunology, Tissue Culture, Bio-informatics and General Lab), a conference room, cold room, and library with e-learning facility. The research facility in the Centre is second to none in Nigeria and was thus designated as a Zonal Centre for the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) of Nigeria. The Centre research committee is made up of senior academics grounded in various aspects of biotechnology and with international exposures.