SUNY-UWI Presentation at United Nations Caribbean Action 2030 Conference

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Published June 27, 2017

Professor Gene D Morse will be presenting on behalf of the SUNY-UWI Health Research Task Force at the United Nations hosted Caribbean Action 2030 Conference in Kingston, Jamaica.


This Regional Conference is designed to advance and accelerate regional action on the most comprehensive blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet the world has ever seen – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference takes place at the University of the West Indies in Kingston Jamaica, 28 to 30 June 2017.

This presentation will be on the following abstract compiled by the SUNY-UWI Health Research Task Force:

John F. Lindo, Jeffrey C. Lombardo, Terrence Forrester, Horace M. Fletcher, Archibald McDonald, Andrew H. Talal, Sanjay Sethi, Brian Tsuji, Venu Govindaraju, Jack DeHovitz, Gene D. Morse
Dual University System Health Research Partnership as a Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Background/Aim: A dual system collaboration between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the State University of New York (SUNY) was created and implemented by a joint Health Research Faculty Task Force for an integrated approach to SDGs.

Methods: A needs assessment identified research and education priorities and a dual system linkage structure was created to promote health and wellness.
Main Findings:  An Infectious Diseases Research Center, a Clinical Research Center, 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 develop nanomedicine were also key areas.

Policy Recommendations: A framework is now established to enable the Joint Health Research Faculty Task Force to begin implementation of health research initiatives as a foundation for multiple SDGs and drive regional timelines and milestones.