UWI’s Tropical Medicine Research Institute renamed

The University of the West Indies recently unveiled the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) to the public at a special event held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

The institute, which health professionals and policymakers were familiar with as the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) at the University of the West Indies, was granted its name change on May 27, 2016, at a meeting of the University Finance and General Purposes Committee. The committee also approved CAIHR as the official acronym for the institute.

“TMRI has an excellent record in conducting world-class research that addresses regional and global health priorities,” said Professor Susan Walker, director of CAIHR, which operates under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. “CAIHR will build on this and expand our work on effective health interventions.”

The entity’s mandate, originally established on October 1, 1999, was to increase the output of research in the major areas affecting the health of people across the region. It continues to execute this mandate through its four constituent units: the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) at UWI Cave Hill, and the other three at the UWI Mona — the Epidemiology Research Unit (ERU); the Sickle Cell Unit; and the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit (TMRU). Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer