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UWI's Tropical Medicine Research Institute Renamed - Now: Caribbean Institute for Health Research

For Release Upon Receipt - August 5, 2016


Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. 05 August 2016. The Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has been renamed the Caribbean Institute for Health Research. The name change was approved on May 27, 2016 at a meeting of the University Finance and General Purposes Committee. The Committee also approved CAIHR as the official acronym for the Institute.   

CAIHR (formerly known as the TMRI) is a specialised centre under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and is led by a Director, currently, Professor Susan Walker. The Institute was established on October 1, 1999 with an objective to increase the output of research in major areas affecting the health of people across the region and also to increase the number of trained research scientists working in the regional health industry. 

The primary role of the Institute is to conduct high quality research that can inform health policy, programmes and health care delivery for regional populations. In addition to addressing research needs relevant to the region, as a centre of excellence it serves to increase the visibility of The UWI on the international stage.