Study Highlights Linkage between Febrile Seizures, Epilepsy and Depression

Dr Alese Oluwole Ojo’s study on the link between prolonged febrile seizures, development of epilepsy later in life and depression earned him a PhD in Health Sciences (Physiology).

Supervised by Professor Musa Mabandla, Ojo found that prolonged febrile seizures affect the development of epilepsy and influences its complications, especially depression. The study focused on the effect across a generation of rats.

Forty-one-year-old Ojo, who is a lecturer in the Department of Physiology at the University of Ado Ekiti in Nigeria, said: ‘I am very happy and delighted about this accomplishment. My future aspiration is to continue as a researcher and then grow in the area.’

The main challenge he encountered was publishing in reputable journals as this entailed having to quickly acquaint himself with scientific writing through workshops and close consultation with his supervisor. He published three papers from his research, with more in the pipeline.

‘My overall experience at UKZN was a very good one. I had equipment at my disposal, my supervisor was very encouraging and students in our research group were willing to assist at all times.’

Happily married with three children, Ojo enjoys touring new places and making friends.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Supplied