CIGBS Faculty visits UWI Mona Campus for Annual Research Conference

UB Team on the UWI Mona Campus

Published December 11, 2017

A group of faculty from the Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS) attended the Annual Research Conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, in Kingston, Jamaica this November. Gene Morse, PharmD, Director of CIGBS, Co-Director of the SUNY Global Health Institute, and SUNY Distinguished Professor, presented “Dual University System to Promote Health Research Collaboration to Achieve Sustainable Goals.”

The abstract authors were John F. Lindo, PhD, UWI; Tyler Mullen, PharmD, UB/UWI; Jeffery Lombardo, PharmD,  UB;  Terrence Forrester, PhD, DM, UWI/SODECO; Horace Fletcher, MBBS, DM, MRCOG, FRCOG, UWI; Archibald McDonald, MB BS, FRCS Ed., FACS, DM (Surg), UWI; Andrew Talal, MD, MPH, UB; Sanjay Sethi, MD, UB; Brian Tsuji, PharmD, UB; Venugopal Govindaraju, PhD,  UB; Thomas Furlani, PhD, UB; Trevor Poag, PhD, UB; Robin DiFrancesco, MBA, UB; Gina Prescott, PharmD, UB; Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; and Gene D. Morse, PharmD. UB.

The presentation provided an update on progress of the SUNY-UWI Health Research Task Force that consists of a dual system collaboration between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the State University of New York (SUNY). The Health Research Task Force works closely with the SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development for an integrated approach to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus far, this project has identified priority areas that include an Infectious Diseases Research Center, a Clinical Research Center Network, an Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Program, and a Liver, Kidney and Metabolic Disease Program were identified as highest priorities. Cannabinoid Sciences and a joint effort in Cancer Research, Natural Products and Nanotechnology to identify indigenous compounds and to develop nanomedicine were also key areas. In addition, synergy among efforts in education and research training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as well as clinical research workforce development were identified. The Task Force activities have led to a framework that will enable the implementation of health research initiatives as a foundation for multiple SDGs and to drive regional timelines and milestones.

More on the conference can be found on their event page here.

More on the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be found here.