Dr Olayemi Ijomone’s research study found that a history of pre-eclampsia predisposes the mother and her offspring to a higher risk of long-term neurological complications/deficits later in life through neuroinflammation.

The study, which was conducted at UKZN’s School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, earned her a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Optics and Imaging).

‘I’m very grateful for the support I received from my supervisor Professor Thajasvarie Naicker, my husband Dr Omamuyovwi Ijomone and my precious daughter Sparkle throughout this study. I feel blessed,’ said 34-year-old Ijomone who plans to pursue a career in neuroscience research and grow her teaching career back home in Nigeria.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

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