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New CDRC Director Appointed

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Former Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medical Sciences at The University of the West Indies, Dr. T. Alafia Samuels has been appointed Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC), UWI in Barbados. She took up duties on December 1, 2015.

alafia-12-8-2015.jpgDr. Samuels, who is also the Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill Campus brings a wealth of experience to the field of public health research and translation of research findings. Her professional endeavours highlight a passion for environmental and policy approaches in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The CDRC was founded in 1992 as a response to the epidemic of chronic diseases in the Caribbean, namely heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, obesity and their complications. Dr. Samuels will take over the helm from former Director now Deputy Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor Clive Landis, who pioneered several studies that directly influenced health policy and practice in Barbados and the wider Caribbean.

Dr. Samuels has conducted extensive research on the causes of poor compliance with diabetes and hypertension guidelines. Her most recent academic work is focused on developing workplace initiatives targeted at screening and treating NCDs and evaluating the CARICOM Heads of Government Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases.

She is a UWI medical graduate, with a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Chronic Diseases Epidemiology, both graduate degrees awarded with honours, from Johns Hopkins University. She also served for twenty years with the Ministry of Health in Jamaica managing Primary Health Care Services and is currently a member of the Barbados National NCD Commission, appointed by the Hon. Minister of Health and the co-chair of the PAHO Foundation Technical Advisory Group.


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