The MRC Epidemiology Unit and Centre for Diet and Active Research (CEDAR) are collaborating with Chronic Disease Research Centre at UWI.
The University of the West Indies (UWI), founded in Jamaica in 1948, is the leading higher education institution in the Caribbean and serves 18 English speaking Caribbean countries and territories. It has over 45,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Its main campuses are Mona, in Jamaica, Cave Hill, in Barbados, and St Augustine, in Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, it has a distance learning ‘Open Campus’.
The Tropical Medicine Research Institute leads the biomedical and population health sciences research at UWI. Several units/centres within the Institute have a major interest in the determinants, prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The Epidemiology Research Centre, based in Jamaica, and the Chronic Disease Research Centre, based in Barbados, have between them run cohort studies to identify risk factors, tracked trends in risk factor and disease prevalence, established population based registers, including for incident cardiovascular disease and cancer, and worked to inform and evaluate polices to prevent and control NCDs. The Child Development Unit, based in Jamaica, has undertaken ground breaking work on nutritional and psychological interventions in the first years of life and their impact on adult health.