Itopa joined DECENT Database in July 2019. He received his Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience (Descending Motor Control) from The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, where he investigated emotions and homeostasis under the broad theme ‘Limbic modulation of the autonomic nervous system’. Itopa successfully demonstrated the ability of the ventral hippocampus to regulate cardiorespiratory functions, against popular opinion, and also highlighted the circuit physiology and anatomy between the ventral hippocampus and amygdala that forms the substrate for modulating autonomic function. Itopa also holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Anatomy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Itopa has over 20 publications to his credit and has spent his entire work experience in the academic environments of University of Abuja, Nigeria and UQ, Australia, researching, teaching and supporting general academic activities. Itopa is based in the Australia office.