The department of Microbiology and parasitology was created in 1948 as one of the foundation Departments of the then Faculty of Medicine of University College, Ibadan which was then affiliated to University of London, UK. It started as Department of Bacteriology located at Adeoyo Maternity Hospital Ibadan. In those days, the Department was manned by few staff made up of one Professor, one lecturer 1 and a resident Doctor.
There were three expatriate technical staff in the laboratory; two of them were working in the bacteriology unit while the remaining staff were in parasitology section. In 1957, the Department moved to its present location at University College Hospital, Ibadan. The virology and mycology units were added in 1960 with the help of World Health Organization. At present, the Department is made up of the following units:
- Control of Infection
The Virology unit has since become a full fledge Department of the University and the UCH
- Management of patients with sexually transmitted Infections at the Special Treatment Clinic of the College of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan.
- Management of Infectious Diseases on the wards of the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
- Surveillance and Control of Hospital Acquired Infections in University College Hospital, Ibadan.
- Training of Undergraduate Medical, Dental, and B. Sc. Nursing students.
- Training of Postgraduate Students of Community Medicine, EMSEH of the Faculty of Public Health, Medical Doctors of the West African Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons; and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.
The following are on-going research in the department.
1. Venerealogy Unit
- Microbicide clinical trials (Savvy Project) - Principal Investigator (Prof RA Bakare)
2. Bacteriology Unit
- Streptococcus pneumoniae (ADIP) project (Co-investigator) Prof RA Bakare
- Renal Transplant project (Co-investigator) Dr AO Kehinde -(On-going)
- Mycobacteriology Unit
- PEPFAR (President Bush Emergency Fund For AIDS Relief) Co-Investigator Dr AO Kehinde (On-going)
3. Parasitology Unit
- Oxibendazole Vs Mebendazole Clinical trials Co-investigator Dr HO Dada-Adegbola (Completed)
- Coartem (Artemether-Lumefantrine) Six dose regimen clinical trial Co-investigator Dr HO Dada-Adegbola (Completed