It is with a great pleasure that I present the new webpage of the Multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory (MCRL) of the University of Ibadan. The Centre started as an off-shoot of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Grant during the 2008 – 2012 cycle. The need to provide state-of-the-art facilities for research at the cutting edge led the founding founders to conceive and actualize the vision of centralizing research facilities that hitherto have been impossible for various science-based Departments and Faculties to acquire and maintain.

The Laboratory became fully operational in 2010 and its nine years of active service, it has fulfilled the aims and aspirations of its establishment. The Laboratory has served as a model in terms of design, administration and management for several of such laboratories within the Country. The MCRL has equally provided services to numerous clients all over the Country and it is helping research students and academic members of Staff of Nigerian Universities with quality research outputs.

The Laboratory is poised to do more in the years to come with the model of Administration put in place by the University Management and the cream of committed staff of the MCRL.

I wish to put on the record the assistance in several facets that the MCRL has received from the past Vice-Chancellors of the University of Ibadan; Professor O. A. Bamiro (during whose tenure the centre was established), Professor I. F. Adewole (who provided the impetus for growth of the Centre) and the excellent support being received from the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor I. A. Olayinka; who magnanimously converted the MCRL to a Directorate in 2017. I must sincerely appreciate all former Chairmen of the Administrative Committees; Professor Adesomoju, Professor Aworh, Professor Oke and the incumbent Professor Onianwa.

The MCRL has had two laboratory heads since inception; Professor P. C. Onianwa who carried out an excellent pioneering work and the incumbent, Professor A. O. Adegoke who became the pioneer Director in 2017.

The contributions to the growth of the MCRL by all Administrative Committee members are acknowledged.

I urge all scientific community members to avail themselves of the various opportunities available in the MCRL for analysis of samples and for basic and advanced training in good laboratory practices and instrumentation.

Professor A. O. Adegoke; BPharm, MSc, PhD, MPSN, FPCPharm 

Director, MCRL