UB, UWI Conference Aims to Build Partnerships – UB Now: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff interested in global public health are invited to attend SUNY- University of the West Indies (UWI) Health Research Consortium Conference.

The one-day virtual event aims to advance public health in the Caribbean region through animation of international partnerships among academics, industry partners and government agencies.

Organized in conjunction with the National Association of Jamaican Supporting Organizations, the conference will feature nearly 40 speakers, including Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States. Speakers will discuss collaborative research opportunities focused on the study of global infectious diseases, climate change and agriculture, cancer, diabetes, microbiome and mental health, as well as joint educational initiatives that merge business with health care.

The free conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 25 via Zoom. The program is open to all SUNY faculty and staff. Customers are encouraged to pre-register on the conference website.

Other conference organizers include the SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, SUNY Global Health Institute, UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

the The SUNY-UWI Health Research Consortium has advanced health research in a range of areas, including COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics; and heart, liver, kidney and digestive diseases.

The consortium helped facilitate $1.1 million in funding for the National Institutes of Health to support the creation of the Global Infectious Diseases Research Training Program, which trains Caribbean scientists to research viral infections at SUNY institutions. The program was the first step in building the Jamaica Center for Infectious Disease Research at UWI.

The consortium is led by Gene D. Morse, SUNY Professor Emeritus at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Co-Director of the SUNY Global Health Institute, and John F. Lindo, Professor of Parasite Epidemiology at UWI, Mona Campus.