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Dr. Musa Kana

Principal Investigator - Kaduna Infant Development (KID) Birth Cohort Study , International Research Center for Excellence/Institute of Human Virology Nigeria


I earned a medical degree (MBBS, 2003) from the University of Jos, a Master of Public Health (MPH,… (more)

I earned a medical degree (MBBS, 2003) from the University of Jos, a Master of Public Health (MPH, 2006) from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., 2018) from the University of Porto, Portugal. I completed the residency program in Public Health at the West African College of Physicians (2008) and National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (2011). In 2018, I was selected as part of the inaugural set of recipients of the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowship. I am currently, the Principal Investigator of the Kaduna Infant Development (KID) Birth Cohort Study. Its goal is to investigate the causal relationships between prenatal exposures and childhood stunting in Nigeria. I am also co-leading a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative-funded project to generate and characterize a comprehensive, validated cell atlas of healthy placenta cells of Nigerian women using single-cell analysis. I was the principal investigator for the Nigerian component of studies to evaluate the coverage and effectiveness of the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention project (2013-2017), executed across five West African Sahelian countries. The findings of this small-scale intervention program have been influential and led to additional funding expanding the intervention, now targeting 12 million children in Nigeria. Over the last decade, I have been an active collaborator on a global initiative that promotes scientific equity in Africa.