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Utibe Effiong

Dr. Utibe Effiong is the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. In this role, Dr. Effiong runs Risk Without Borders, a unique blog which examines emerging risk issues through the lens of a developing economy.

Dr. Effiong is a qualified physician and public health scientist. He holds the MBBCh degree from the University of Calabar, membership of the Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College of Physicians and the MPH degree from the University of Michigan. He is also a New Voices Fellow with the Aspen Institute.

Dr. Effiong is no stranger to public health risk communication having spent 3 years at the University of Michigan where he has produced nearly 50 publications. Dr. Effiong also has more than 13 years of experience in the Nigerian health system.

Prior to starting Risk Without Borders, Dr. Effiong spent 2 years as a research scientist with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Before that he had worked for six years as an Internist with several Nigerian hospitals including the University of Uyo Teaching hospital and General Hospital Umunnato where he carried out clinical duties, medical research, student/physician training and health education for diabetic patients.

Drawing on 16 years’ experience in healthcare, research and risk communication, Dr. Effiong now focuses on creating a global understanding of emerging risk issues through the lens of a developing economy. He does this through his writing, interviews and public speeches. His articles have been featured in the Huffington Post and the Detroit Free Press. He has given several television, radio and magazine interviews and has spoken at various international fora. Most recently he spoke at Exponential Medicine and gave a TED talk in Berlin.

Risk Without Borders
"Nigerians will soon have to worry about implanted pacemaker security"   Risk Science Center  (Mar 24, 2015)

"Top 10 Emerging Tech: an African Perspective. Genetic Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, AI"   Risk Science Center  (Mar 18, 2015)

"Top Ten Emerging Technologies: an African Perspective. Fuel cells, robots and plastics"   Risk Science Center  (Mar 8, 2015)

"Fighting malaria is going to take more than just nets"  (Feb 12, 2015)

"The Lima Accord on Climate Change – A New Hope for Health?"  (Jan 30, 2015)

"The Media was Right… Bad Luck Causes Most Cancers in Nigeria!"  (Jan 28, 2015)

"Everyone loves a genetically modified mosquito – right?"  (Jan 25, 2015)