The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Jamaica Ministry of Health have collaborated with UB’s Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS) to establish the Jamaica Center for Infectious Diseases Research. It will start as a national center with operations based at the UWI Mona Campus, eventually becoming a shared program for the Caribbean region through the inclusion of 16 additional countries. The center will train scientists and use the UWI network to build capacity throughout the region, continuing the work of the Emerging Virus Unit, which was created in response to the outbreaks of Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and Dengue fever.
Featured Partner: MAXINE GOSSELL-WILLIAMS
Maxine teaches and mentors research students in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies. One of her proudest achievements is the development of the MSc Biomedical Research program, which better prepares students to enter PhD programs through components that strengthen their knowledge base and ability to develop interdisciplinary approaches to innovative research.
Featured Partner: JOHN LINDO
John is a consultant parasitologist at the University Hospital of West Indies and co-chair of the SUNY-University of the West Indies Faculty Task Force for Health Research Development. His research has focused on the epidemiology of soil-transmitted helminths and emerging infectious diseases. This includes the epidemiology of strongyloides stercoralis infections and toxocariasis, the emergence of malaria and angiostrongylus cantonensis infections in Jamaica, epidemiology of free-living amoebae in Jamaica and opportunistic parasitic infections in persons living with HIV/AIDS.
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