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A breath of fresh air? Professor Terence Seemungal lectures on the scourge of NCDs

For Release Upon Receipt - November 3, 2011

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor of Medicine, Terence Seemungal, delivers his Professorial Inaugural Lecture, on Thursday 10th November, 2011, at 5:30pm, at the Learning Resource Centre, UWI St. Augustine Campus.

In this lecture titled, “The Rise of Non-communicable Diseases: definitely not a breath of fresh air!” Professor Seemungal will address the various types of non-communicable diseases, with a special emphasis on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Professor Seemungal first approached this topic when he was a PhD student at the University of London, beginning his research on frequency, inflammation and aetiology of COPD exacerbations. After completing his professional training in chest and general internal medicine in the North East Thames circuit, he returned to Trinidad and to The UWI St. Augustine Campus. Here, he has continued his research into COPD and other chronic lung diseases in relation to chronic non-communicable diseases, first as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine, and now as a Professor of Medicine.

This lecture is chaired by Professor Vijay Naraynsingh, Head of the Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences, who will open the event with a welcome address. Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal, will provide the opening remarks and Professor Samuel Ramsewak, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, will then introduce the feature speaker, Professor Terence Seemungal. Professor Seemungal will give his lecture and an open discussion will follow. Dr. Sherry Sandy, Senior Resident and DM Internal Medicine at the Port of Spain General Hospital, will close the event with the vote of thanks.

This event is free and open to the public.

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