Directors Message

Message from the Director
Dr. Robin Roberts

As noted in this year’s Conference theme, we were looking into the future but it certainly was not to get the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas. Dorian was a devastating category 5 Hurricane. But we are a resilient people; we will rebuild a better Bahamas. With this spirit of renewal, we at the UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research, The Bahamas, (though at a later date) welcome you to our 13th Annual Research Symposium: Modern Medicine: The Future is Here, Today

This conference is a focus on the recent advances in medicine as science strives to conquer cancer. It is about targeted therapy and immunotherapy as medicine seeks to move from the shot-gun approach to cancer treatment, to personalized medicine to eradicate cancer. It is with great pride that we have Dr. Sophie George as our RBC lecturer to lead us from bench research to the bedside; a Caribbean researcher who has distinguished herself in the field of molecular genetics. Her presence strengthens the partnership that we have fostered with the University of Miami over the recent years. We would be remiss not to complement our precision medicine with regenerative medicine; it’s a hand and glove race to increasing longevity and bettering the quality of life.

The School is particularly proud of the contributions of our local researchers in this rapidly expanding field of molecular genetics as noted in HIV disease, and female and male reproductive organ cancers. As usual, the Conference has a major focus on our nation’s most prevalent disorders, the NCDs. The spotlight is on the Sugar Sweetened Beverages, highlighting the economic dynamics and the impact on the health of our population throughout the region. The Caribbean leads the world with the worst health profiles of NCDs; we must lead the challenge in curbing the NCDs as well. We give tribute to the NHI Authority and its primary care program to curb NCDs and establish their presence at this year’s conference too. Special Kudos to Dr. Conville Brown as a contributing author in the recent publication in the prestigious New England Journal; we are pleased to have him present their landmark findings, hot off the press.

Most of all, the Conference remains true to our vision: “To become the leading centre of research, in all aspects of health in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.” As we continue to better our research capacities through our conference workshops, we showcase as always, the research initiatives of our postgraduate and undergraduate students and our faculty – certainly our greatest pride as we strive to improve the health of the people of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas through clinical research.

Our annual conference gives the SCMR the opportunity to shine. The future of research at the SCMR is bright.

Dr Robin Roberts Director