Dr. Adamu Addissie

Dr. Adamu Addissie
Pogramme Co-Leader| Master of Arts Programme in Development Studies

Dr. Adamu is a lay-theologian who is passionate about the church and societal issues, especially concerning women and children. He has over fifteen years of experience working as a clinician, community-based program manager, academician, ethicist, and researcher.

Dr. Adamu has been working at EGST from 2009 as a part-time instructor and course leader for the M.A. in HIV and Theology and later for the MADevS (Gender, Health, and Theology). He is also an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, where he serves as founding academic coordinator of the Ethiopian Field Epidemiology Training Program, chairperson for the Non-communicable Diseases and Cancer Epidemiology research group, and vice-chairperson of the Institutional Research-ethics Review Board. Dr. Adamu is an executive committee member of the Ethiopian Medical Association (2015-2017).

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (Universities of Sussex and Brighton, UK) Dissertation: Adoption of ‘Rapid Ethical Assessment’ as a practical method for assessing ethical issues relating to biomedical research projects in Ethiopia. 
  • M.A., Bioethics, Cum Laude, Katholic University Leuven (Belgium); Ranbourd University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and University of Padova (Italy).
  • PH., Public Health, Addis Ababa University, School of Public Health (Ethiopia).
  • D., Degree of Medicine, Jimma University, School of Medicine (Ethiopia).
  • Research, teaching, and public service, honorary doctorates
  • Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal of Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Dr. Adamu’s research areas in the past focused on the epidemiology of various public health issues, including HIV/AIDS and theology. His recent focus is on non-communicable diseases and cancer, bio-ethical challenges of developing countries, and the intersectionalities of theology with gender and health.

He is a communicant member and elder at Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Bethel congregation and is married with three beautiful daughters.

Dr. Adamu received the THET.Reuter Research Award (UK) and Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (UK) (2010-2014). He is principal and co-investigator of completed and ongoing research awards from the Wellcome Trust, World Health Organisation/Tropical Disease Research, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Swedish Research Link. He is the author of HIV Malaria Co-Infection in Southern Ethiopia: Clinical, Bio-Medical, and Behavioral Study (LAP Lambert Academic Publishing: 2012) and has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in both local and international peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters. A list of his publications is available at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adamu_Addissie/publications.

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