2023 NAS Gold Medal Award

The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) is pleased to award the 2023 NAS Gold Medal Prize for Life Sciences to Rufus Olusola AKINYEMI, a Professor of Geriatric Neurology and Translational Neuroscience at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  Akinyemi’s research, over the last decade, has focused on stroke, post-stroke vascular cognitive impairment, and dementia (PSVCID), and stroke biobanking. This has yielded novel outputs of potential impact on millions of African and global populations in this era of precision medicine.


The NAS Gold Medal was instituted by the Academy in 2016, to be awarded to deserving Nigerian scientists who have made significant achievements in science, of national relevance and global resonance. The award is made annually, alternating between the Life and Physical Sciences, and consists of a medal, a certificate, and a purse. The 2023 award is in the Life Sciences.