Published June 27, 2016
UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences and the SUNY Global Health Institute Lead SUNY Faculty Visit to the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica
In June 2016, a second SUNY visit occurred to continue the implementation of a growing collaborative health research vision in follow up to the SUNY-UWI Collaboration Agreement that was announced in early 2015. To facilitate this collaboration, a joint task force with faculty from the SUNY Global Health Institute and the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Faculty of Medical Sciences was formed and co-chaired by Dr. Gene D. Morse (SUNY Distinguished Professor/UB) and Dr. John Lindo (Professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences/UWI, Mona Campus). The joint task force was formed to provide leadership, guidance and coordination for the emerging faculty research programs.
In January 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the University at Buffalo, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Jamaica Ministry of Health. The SUNY-UWI collaboration is being directed by the co-Directors of the SUNY Global Health Institute, Gene D. Morse (SUNY Distinguished Professor, UB) and Jack DeHovitz (SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Downstate Medical Center). Senior University of the West Indies leaders included Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, Mona Campus, Archibald MacDonald, Professor Horace Fletcher, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus and Professor Terrence Forrester, Chief Scientist, University of the West Indies - Solutions for Developing Countries (SODECO). Additional UB faculty included Sanjay Sethi, MD and Jeffrey Lombardo, PharmD as well as Satish Sharma, MD, president of CCS Healthcare and Executive Chairman, You First Services, Inc.