Collaborating to keep infectious diseases under control in
The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Jamaica Ministry
of Health have led planning, decision-making and development
meetings 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. The goal is to include the 16 additional
English-speaking Caribbean countries now served by the regional
The center will train basic, translational and clinical
scientists through the Jamaica Global Infectious Diseases Research
Training Program, designed by the CIGBS. The Jamaican center will
use the UWI network to build capacity throughout the Caribbean.
The Emerging Virus Unit is unique to the center, created in
response to the outbreaks of Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and
dengue fever that occurred in that region.