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2021 National Health Research Conference- 18th & 19th November


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The 2021 National Health Research Conference will be held virtually using the exciting, innovative and interactive online platform: HUBILO. 

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Website: http://conferences.sta.uwi.edu/nhrc/index.php

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Pre Budget Conference: Health Opportunities and Challenges in a Pandemic

Date: 3rd October 2021
Time: 11:00am to1:00pm EST


The Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) is expected to deliver  its national budget presentation, for the period 2021/ 2022, on the 4th October 2021. This budget is expected to be a challenging one for the GORTT, and the Minister of Finance, as the main revenue stream for the economy, oil and gas, is now very mature and unpromising. Further, the impact of COVID-19 has added a new dynamic to an already fragile economic situation.  However, there needs to be a robust post-pandemic economic recovery plan, with the nation’s health featuring as a key player.
The conference intends to address the following objectives:

  1. Highlight potential threats facing the health system in the near future (New and Emerging Variants, New Infectious Disease etc.).
  2. Solutions for strengthening and reforming health systems to deal with future pandemics.
  3. Identify potential areas in health for investment and development as economic transformative areas.
  4. Emphasize the need to ensure equity and access for citizens to health education.
  5. Health Education as potential economic earner.

Programme Chair

Professor Terence Seemungal
Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences





Programme Outline

  1. Pandemic Economics
    Professor Thomas Sadler, Professor of Economics, Western Illinois University, USA
  2. Health After the Pandemic
    Professor Martin Mckee- Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  3. Planetary Health Budgeting in the age of pandemics
    Dr. Courtney Howard, Global Climate and Health Allianc, Canada
  4. Nanomedicines  an area for economic transformation and investment in the Caribbean
    Professor Kannan Rangaramanujam, Co Director Center for Nanomedicine Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA
  5. Maintaining access and equity to health education during the pandemic
    Dr. Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO  Country Representative, Trinidad and Tobago
  6. The potential to develop an off- shore medical school model in Trinidad and Tobago- a SWOT Analysis
    Professor Robert Crone, Founding President and CEO at Harvard Medical International, USA


Speakers Bio

Proff Thomas.jpgProfessor Thomas Sadler

Dr. Thomas R. Sadler is Professor of Economics at Western Illinois University (USA), where he teaches courses on Energy Economics and Environmental Economics. 
His new book, Pandemic Economics, was published in 2021 by Routledge.





Prof McKee.jpgProfessor Martin McKee

Professor McKee qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. As Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine he was the founding director of the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, a WHO Collaborating Centre, and which he led for over a decade. He is also the research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a unique partnership of universities, national and regional governments, and international agencies and a Commissioner, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, of the Pan European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, reporting to WHO EURO. He was a former Chair of the UK Society for Social Medicine and Past President of the European Public Health Association. He has  published over 1,280 scientific papers and 46 books and an h-Index (Google Scholar) of 156, was an editor of the European Journal of Public Health for 15 years and a member of numerous editorial boards, as well as being an editorial consultant to The Lancet. He has been invited to give many endowed lectures, including the Milroy (Royal College of Physicians), Cochrane (UK Society for Social Medicine), Ferenc Bojan (EUPHA), Davidson and Dr Andrew Duncan (Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh), Salvador Lucia (UCSF), Population Health Sciences (McMaster University),  DARE (UK Faculty of Public Health), Victor Horsley (British Medical Association), Hjelt (University of Helsinki), Duncan (City of Liverpool), Thackrah (University of Leeds), Dixon (Ulster Medical Society), Sandy Macara (BMA), Neuberger (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), Litchfield (University of Oxford), Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy lecture, Schorstein (Barts), and Teddy Chester (University of Manchester). He sits on a number of advisory boards in Europe and North America, in both the public and private sectors and he was a trustee of the UK Public Health Association. He is a board member at UCL Partners. He is a former chair of WHO's European Advisory Committee on Health Research and of the Global Health Advisory Committee of George Soros' Open Society Foundations, and a member of the European Commission's Expert Panel on Investing in Health. He is  also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR), University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a Senior International Fellow at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University.


DR C How.jpgDr. Courtney Howard

Dr Courtney Howard is a nationally and globally recognized expert on the impacts of climate change on human and planetary health.
As the first female President of CAPE, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, she represented CAPE on the board of the Global Climate and Health Alliance; she advanced policy and advocacy-related work on active transport, plant-rich diets, integrating health impact assessments into environmental assessments, fossil fuel divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing.
Dr Howard is on the steering committee of the Planetary Health Alliance and the editorial advisory board of the Lancet Planetary Health.  In 2018 she was the International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.  She has sat on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, Ecology North, Health in Harmony, and has been the co-chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working group on climate change and health, which co-led the call for G20 leaders to target a green #HealthyRecovery from COVID-19, an initiative which gained support from organizations representing 40 million health workers worldwide.
Courtney is a part time Emergency Doctor, and she lives and plays with her family in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, traditional homeland of the Yellowknife Dene Nation in Canada’s subarctic.


Proff Kannan.jpgProfessor Kannan Rangaramanujam

Dr. Kannan Rangaramanujam is the Arnall Patz distinguished professor of ophthalmology and co-director of center for nanomedicine at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology and followed with a postdoctoral stint at the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in the field of translational nanomedicine centered on a unique hydroxyl dendrimer platform technology. His team has developed approaches to target and manipulate injured glia/macrophages specifically, from systemic administration. Targeted therapies for neuroinflammation and angiogenesis are being developed with this approach, with significant implications for addressing unmet needs in many CNS, systemic and ocular disorders, and cancer (e.g. childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystropy, COVID, cerebral palsy, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, tumor immunotherapy).  Dr. Rangaramanujam is an author of >90 patents (issued and pending, licensed), more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, and is supported by significant NIH and federal funding. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE) and won the NSF CAREER award. He co-founded Ashvattha Therapeutics Inc., the spinoff that is translating his team’s patented dendrimer technologies to the clinic in the fields of neurology, ophthalmology and oncology. He serves as a Board Member and CTO. The  lead product OP-101 is in Phase II trials for COVID-19, with other Phase I ready products in systemic therapy for retinal disorders, and immunotherapy to follow.

Dr wh.jpgDr. Erica Wheeler

Dr Erica Wheeler is the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. She has worked and studied in the field of human resources for health (HRH) including mental health in research, policy and planning for some 25 years. Over the last 15 years Dr Wheeler has worked for WHO both at the global level and at the country level in South
East Asia. During this period she worked in an emergency/disaster setting for WHO on strengthening human resources for health and improving national referral systems. She also worked for the Asian Development Bank as the team leader for capacity building of doctors, nurses and midwives. Prior to this she worked in the Ministry of Health, as well as a research fellow and lecturer. Her work for national health system strengthening has spanned the areas of curriculum development, training, health/mental policy as well as knowledge brokering in
human resources for health in the Global Health Workforce Alliance. The focus of Dr Wheeler’s recent and current work in WHO headquarters in the health Workforce Department, has been for education and training of the health workforce. Together with a Steering Committee of experts, Dr Wheeler is in the process of developing an eBook on integrating a Social Determinants of Health Approach into health workforce education and training.


Prof Crone.jpgProfessor Robert Crone

Dr. Robert Crone is President and CEO of Strategy Implemented, Inc and is  the former Associate Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Anesthesiology, at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar  (WCM-Q). Dr. Crone works closely with physician faculty  at WCM-Q affiliated hospitals in Qatar and WCM affiliate hospitals in New York.
Dr. Crone graduated from Albany Medical College and completed post-graduate training in pediatrics and anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a research fellowship in fetal cardiovascular physiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. After serving  as the Associate Director of the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at MGH, Dr. Crone  became the Founding Director of the Multidisciplinary Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s  Hospital and Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  He subsequently moved to the University of Washington where he was Professor and developed the first academic department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.Following a successful career in academic medicine, Dr. Crone moved into international medicine. He served as Senior Vice President for Operations at The People to People Health Foundation, Inc., (Project HOPE) prior to becoming the Founding President, and Chief Executive Officer for  Harvard Medical International, Inc., a not-for-profit subsidiary corporation of Harvard Medical  School and its Dean for International Programs.Subsequently, Dr. Crone founded Huron Consulting Group’s Global Healthcare Practice and Strategy Implemented, Inc., through which he worked closely with the healthcare regulatory, assessment and accreditation communities, both in the US and internationally. Dr. Crone also served on the governing boards of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the National Committee for Foreign Medical Education Accreditation (NCFMEA) of the  US Department of Education and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and  served as a consultant to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME),  the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the National Board of Medical Examiners  (NBME), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). Dr. Crone is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and OyM Medical School in Santo Domingo, Dominical Republic.

Conference Organizer

Dr Sandeep Maharaj
The Entrepreneurship and Business Transformation Office, Dean’s Office
Faculty of Medical Sciences
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus
Trinidad and Tobago



Further information:      Dr Sandeep.Maharaj@sta.uwi.edu 

Register in advance:       https://uwi.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xy0-AgclRe2k5PjxrcQJBw




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