Medical Research Centre Renamed in Honour of Retiring Chancellor

Photo: L-R: Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The UWI Cave Hill, Professor V Eudine Barriteau, Director of the The Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC), Dr. T. Alafia Samuels, wife of Sir George Lady Sylvan I. Chen, Professor Emeritus Sir George Alleyne and Barbados Minister of Heath, Mr John Boyce.

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I., April 27, 2017 – The Barbados-based Chronic Disease Research Centre, one of the lead agencies in the fight against chronic diseases, has been renamed in honour of prominent health official and academic Professor Emeritus Sir George Alleyne, the outgoing Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. Sir George demits office in July on completion of his second consecutive seven-year term.

At the renaming ceremony on Tuesday, April 25, Minister of Heath John Boyce and Principal of the Cave Hill campus Professor Eudine Barriteau praised the former director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for his yeoman service to the university, the region and internationally.

“He is thoroughly deserving of our highest accolades and recognition. Sir George has given magnanimous public service and continues to do so to this day,” said Professor Barriteau, lauding his sterling contribution to public health and medicine.

“Sir George has been a consummate academic who believes resolutely that research should drive policy development in health care. His views on the value and significance of research are not only aligned with, but are in the vanguard of those in the academy who see research as the determining feature which separates universities from other tertiary level institutions.

“Research can improve Caribbean lives, accelerate regional development and ought to be an integral part of any university’s existence. At The UWI research constitutes part of our core mandate. Indeed, I can think of no more enduring form of recognition with which to grant our revered Chancellor, than to link his name in perpetuity to our foremost, internationally acclaimed medical research unit. From today on this will be known as the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre.”

A Health Economics building was renamed in recognition of Sir George at The UWI St Augustine campus some years ago, while UWI Mona plans to name a new wing at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex in his honour.

The health minister praised the work of the centre, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. He noted that it has been an invaluable partner for his ministry in conducting health research in Barbados, and the country’s success in tackling non-communicable diseases.

The renaming “recognizes Sir George’s legacy and will ensure that his name is associated with an institution that seeks to embody the scholarship in and dedication to medicine and public health which he has demonstrated throughout his life,” Boyce said.