Professor Isidore Silas Obot
Professor Isidore S. Obot is the founding Director, Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA), Uyo, Nigeria. He had previously served as a professor and chairperson of Behavioral Health Sciences at the School of Public Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He also served as a scientist in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, where his responsibilities included the coordination of several international projects on the epidemiology of alcohol use and the prevention of alcohol-related problems.
He has consulted for several national and international organizations on substance abuse issues and serves as editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies. He is a technical advisor to the West Africa Commission on Drugs and a widely recognized expert on drug policy and drug-related health services in Africa. He also served as a research fellow in drug dependence epidemiology and policy at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; and as a member of several committees and commissions on drugs and health, including the Lancet-JHU Commission on Drug Policy and Health, the UNODC committee for the development of International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders, and the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drugs.
Between 1973 and 1978, Prof. Obot attended Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, the USA where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Psychology. In 1982, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Psychology from Howard University, USA. He proceeded to Harvard University, where he obtained a Masters in Public Health, Behaviour and Health in 1984. His academic career and public service activities began at the University of Jos, Nigeria, where he was appointed as a lecturer in 1985.
Akwa Ibom State celebrates this public health activist and global anti-substance abuse, advocate.