Biomedical Communication Centre was established initially as Medical Illustration Unit in 1957 at the inception of the University College, Ibadan.  Pioneer staff and Head of the units were Messrs Diog Simmonds and Frank Speed.  They were later joined by Nigerians including Mr. S. Obafemi Johnson who later transferred to University of Lagos Medical School to start the second Medical Illustration Unit in Nigeria.

On the 29th September 1976, the title: Biomedical Communication Centre of the Faculty of Medicine was accepted as appropriate since it combines various elements related to Media and Technology programmes.  These included planning, designing, developing, production and utilization of Communication Media in support of Medical Education; Teaching and Research.  Thus, it is a teaching and research support based centre.  The Centre has academic status with co-operation from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Objectives of the Centre

The overall objectives of the Centre include:

1.  Provision of media support services for teaching and research activities of the College of Medicine, the University of Ibadan and the University College Hospital.

2. Design and production of quality visual and audiovisual materials to support medical teaching and training.

3.  Dissemination of information through the provision of media equipment for public lectures, seminars, workshops, film shows, etc.

4. Teaching and training of postgraduate students and faculty staff in Communication Media and Technology to Medicine and Health Sciences.

5.  Participation and consultancy in media and communication related research activities with faculties,   institutes and centres in the College.

Other activities include:

a. Consultation with the relevant College management and academic staff in identifying equipment for medical teaching and research.

b. Assisting in determining resources that can be made available for the undergraduate and postgraduate medical instructional programmes.

c.   Development of clinical instructional formats for academic programmes.

d. Identifying, designing and developing required specialized instructional media and materials.

e.  Installation and maintenance of communication media equipment to support  medical education and medical research.