Sola Olopade, MD, MPH
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Sola Olopade, MD, MPH



  • 2010 Fellow, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2005 M.P.H., University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1991 Fellowship, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1980 M.B.B.S. University of Ibadan, Nigeria


His current research work focuses on reducing global disparities in asthma outcomes by ascertaining the prevalence, role of lifestyle factors, and the diversity of genes and altered pathways that promote severe asthma and poor response to treatment in different geographic populations. He also has active research investigating the health impact of exposure to indoor air pollution from use of biomass fuel for cooking in rural communities in Nigeria and Bangladesh.

Recent Publications

  • Michelle O Forson, MD, Rebecca Gieseker, BA, Adeyinka G Falusi, PhD, Christopher O Olopade, MD, MPH. Responsible Conduct of Research: A Primer for African Researchers. Handbook for Cancer Research in Africa 2013.
  • Parvez F, Chen Y, Yunus M, Olopade CO, Segers S, Slavkovich, Argos M, Hasan R, Ahmed A, Islam T, Graziano J, Ahsan H. A. Arsenic exposure and impaired lung function: findings from a large population-based prospective cohort study. Am J Respir Crit Care 2013, 188 (7):813-819. PMID 23848239.
  • Zheng Y, Ogundiran TO, Falusi AG, Nathanson KL, John EM, Hennis AJ, Ambs S, Domchek SM, Rebbeck TR, Simon MS, Nemesure B, Wu SY, Leske MC, Odetunde A, Niu Q, Zhang J, Afolabi C, Gamazon ER, Cox NJ, Olopade CO, Olufunmilayo OI, Huo D. Fine-mapping of breast cancer genome-wide association studies loci in women of African ancestry identifies Novel susceptibility markers. Carcinogenesis. 2013, 34 (7): 1520-8. PMID 23475944.
  • Oluwole O, Arinola OG, Ana G, Wiskel T, Adu D, Falusi AG, Taiwo A, Huo D, Olopade OI, Olopade CO. Effect of Stove Intervention on Household Air Pollution and the Respiratory Health of Women and Children in Rural Nigeria. Air quality, Atmosphere and Health 2013. DO110.1007/s11869-013-0196-9.
  • Oluwole O, Ana G, Arinola OG, Wiskel T, Huo D, Olopade OI, Olopade CO. Relationship between household air pollution from biomass smoke exposure, and pulmonary dysfunction, oxidant-antioxidant imbalance and systemic inflammation in rural women and children in Nigeria. Global Journal of Health Science 2013,5(4), 28-38. PMID 23777718.
  • Godson Ana, Bamidele Adeniji, Olusoji Ige, Oluwafemi Oluwole, Christopher Olopade. Exposure to emissions from firewood cooking stove and the pulmonary health of women in Olorunda community, Ibadan, Nigeria. Air quality, Atmosphere and Health 2012. DOI 10.1007/s11869-012-0183-6.
  • Oluwole O, Arinola OG, Falade AG, Falusi AG, Ige OM, Taiwo A, Huo D, Olopade OI, Olopade CO. Allergy Sensitization and Asthma among 13- and 14-Year-Old School Children in Southwest Nigeria. African Journal of Health Science 2013;13(1):144-153. PMID 23658581.
  • C Babcock, C Theodosis, C Bills, J Kim, M Kinet, M Turner, C Wilson, M Millis, OI Olopade, CO Olopade. The academic medical center in complex humanitarian emergencies: lessons learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Acad Med. 2012 Nov;87(11):1609-1615. PMID 23018336.
  • Oluwole O, Otaniyi OO and Olopade CO. Indoor air pollution: Implication for Maternal and Child lung health. Journal of Public Health. 2012; 20: 565-57520, DOI 10.1007/s10389-012-0511-1.
  • Ige O, Arinola OG, Falade AG, Oluwole O, Falusi AG, Taiwo A, Huo D, Olopade OI, Olopade CO. Atopy is associated with asthma in adults Living in rural and urban Southwest Nigeria. Journal of Asthma 2011:48 (9) 894-900.

Recent Presentations

  • Household Air Pollution: Health Impacts and implication for Global burden of disease.
    Plenary Session, American College of Chest Physicians Scientific Meeting
    Atlanta, Georgia, 2012
  • Household Air Pollution: A Global Health Disparities Challenge. Meet the Professor session.
    American College of Chest Physicians Scientific Meeting
    Atlanta, Georgia, 2012
  • How do we construct an Ethical framework for Cancer research in Africa?
    AFROX /AORTIC Meeting
    London, September 2012.
  • Olopade CO, Kim J, Callender B, Porcellino M and Olopade OI.
    The Global Health Fellowship: Building capacity through the exchange of scientific discovery and innovation.
    19th Annual Global Health Education Consortium Conference
    Mexico, 2010

Professional Memberships

  • Nigeria Medical Association
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American College of Physicians
  • Chicago Thoracic Society
  • American Sleep Disorder Association
  • American Physiology Society
  • American Association of Bronchology
  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities

Recent Teaching Activities

  • 2009-present
    Lecturer, Global Health and International Research Ethics
    MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2012
    Course Director, Introduction to Global Health
    The College, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2012
    Course Director, Topics in Global Health
    The College, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2011
    Course Director, Responsible Conduct Research
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
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