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Prof Dr. Amenu Wirtu, Medical Education Award, Best Researcher Award

Professor at Addis Ababa University, United States

Prof. Dr. Amenu T. Wirtu is an accomplished neuroscientist and educator with extensive experience in academia. He currently serves as a Visiting Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Liberia, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. Dr. Wirtu holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Verona, Italy, and obtained a Master’s degree in Medical Anatomy from Addis Ababa University.

Dr. Wirtu is highly skilled in teaching, research, and project management, with a focus on reducing student attrition rates and developing integrated medical curricula. He is known for his compassionate teaching style, innovative mindset, and expertise in dissection, imaging, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy.



Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education:

  • Institution: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Year: July 2018

Ph.D. in Neuroscience:

  • Institution: University of Verona, Graduate School of Science Engineering Medicine, Italy
  • Year: September 2015
  • Performance: Scored excellent performance in both coursework and research outputs.

M.Sc. in Medical Anatomy:

  • Institution: Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine
  • Year: August 2005
  • Performance: Graduated with an excellent performance in coursework and very good performance in thesis work

Professional Experience:

Prof. Dr. Amenu T. Wirtu is a distinguished neuroscientist and educator with a wealth of experience in academia. Since June 2017, he has served as a Visiting Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Liberia, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, where he has made significant contributions to teaching, research, and service. Prior to this role, from January 2014 to May 2017, Dr. Wirtu held the position of Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, where he played a key role in curriculum development and mentored junior faculty members. His earlier experience includes serving as a Lecturer of Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology at Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine, from September 2005 to November 2014, during which time he enhanced teaching methodologies and contributed to research in the field. Throughout his career, Dr. Wirtu has demonstrated a passion for education, research excellence, and leadership in academic settings.

Research Interest:

Prof. Dr. Amenu T. Wirtu has a broad range of research interests in the fields of neuroscience, anatomy, and medical education. His research focuses on understanding neurodegenerative diseases, particularly those related to inflammation and aging. Dr. Wirtu is also interested in anatomical variants, case reports, and diagnostics, with a goal of contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge and improving patient care. Additionally, he is passionate about medical education research, including curriculum development, teaching methodologies, and strategies to enhance student learning outcomes. Dr. Wirtu’s research endeavors aim to address key challenges in healthcare and education, ultimately leading to positive impacts on patient health and medical education practices.

Publication Top Noted:

Title: Limbic thalamus and state-dependent behavior: The paraventricular nucleus of the thalamic midline as a node in circadian timing and sleep/wake-regulatory networks

  • Authors: BM Colavito, C Tesoriero, AT Wirtu, G Grassi-Zucconi
  • Journal: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • Volume: 54
  • Issue: 3
  • Pages: 3-17
  • Cited By: 97
  • Year: 2014

Title: Anatomographic variants of sphenoid sinus in Ethiopian population

  • Authors: TK Degaga, AM Zenebe, AT Wirtu, TD Woldehawariat, ST Dellie, …
  • Journal: Diagnostics
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 11
  • Pages: 970
  • Cited By: 15
  • Year: 2020

Title: Diabetics-Related Foot Deformity: Prevalence, Risk Factors

  • Authors: BE Mekonnen, AT Wirtu, MA Kebede, AG Tilahun, TK Degaga
  • Journal: Knowledge and Practice. Trends Anat Physiol
  • Volume: 4
  • Issue: 010
  • Pages: 1
  • Cited By: 1
  • Year: 2021

Title: Variations in distal attachment of muscles of the leg, foot and the hand and their clinical implications in the population of central Ethiopia

  • Authors: SA Geneti, AT Wirtu, ST Hailegiorgis
  • Journal: Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology
  • Volume: 123
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 165-172
  • Cited By: 1
  • Year: 2018

Title: Challenges in Sourcing Bodies for Anatomy Education and Research in Ethiopia: Pre and Post COVID-19 Scenarios

  • Authors: AT Wirtu, AT Manjatika
  • Journal: Annals of Anatomy-Anatomischer Anzeiger
  • Pages: 152234
  • Year: 2024

Title: Diagnosis of Pregnant Women with Seizures at Tikur Anbessa Hospital

  • Authors: BE Kebede, MA Geleta, AT Wirtu
  • Journal: Journal of Diagnosis & Case Reports
  • Volume: 2
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 1-6
  • Year: 2021
Amenu Wirtu | Medical Education Award | Best Researcher Award

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