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CARPHA Rewards Prof. T Alafia Samuels

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

48137868196_120da1e2aa_oEDT-7-10-2019.jpgProfessor T Alafia Samuels has once again been recognised for her sterling contribution to Caribbean public health.

She was honoured for her Outstanding Contribution in Public Health and Epidemiology of Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases Research at the 64th Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference’s awards, held on June 21, 2019. The conference ran from June 20-22, 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The distinguished public health researcher was rewarded alongside Professor Upton Allen, Division Head of Infectious Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, for Outstanding Contribution in Infectious Diseases and Blood disorders Research and Capacity Building. Prof. Clareann H. Bunker, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, was also recognized for Outstanding Contribution in Cancer Epidemiology in the Caribbean.

Prof. Samuels is the former Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Caribbean Institute for Health Research, at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill and was part of that Centre’s team which received a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2017. A medical doctor by training, The UWI and Harvard alumna holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.

She has co-authored many Technical Reports and has over 60 peer review publications. She has extensive work experience in the United States and the Caribbean and has held senior positions at the University of the West Indies including Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Director of the GA-CDRC.

Prof. Samuels has made seminal contributions to the health of the peoples of the region through her work on the social, and nutritional determinants of the chronic disease epidemic. She is particularly renowned for her advocacy to tackle the risks associated with excessive consumption of sugar.

PHOTO: Professor T. Alafia Samuels (left) accepts her award from Dr C. James Hospedales, then Executive Director of CARPHA


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