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UWI to host CACM 7th Annual Scientific Symposium and General Meeting

For Release Upon Receipt - November 3, 2011

St. Augustine

The University of the of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Medical Sciences, through its Department of Para-clinical Sciences, hosts the 7th Annual Scientific Symposium and General Meeting of the Caribbean Association of Clinical Microbiologists (CACM). This event will take place on Saturday 5th November, 2011, from 8am-7pm, at Amphitheatre A, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope.

Established in 2004, the CACM meets each year to share information on the epidemiology of hospital infections, antibiotic sensitivity patterns of common nosocomial organisms, interesting cases and emerging pathogens. This year’s symposium follows the theme Combating Antimicrobial Resistance, and endeavours to present and disseminate information on antibiotic resistance profiles across the region, to educate the medical and allied medical personnel on new techniques in laboratory diagnosis of selected pathogens, to foster a forum for interaction between the region’s clinical microbiologists and the general public, and to promote continuing medical education among CACM members, other health professionals and students.

The symposium will feature presentations by Dr. Delores B. Lewis, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Head of HIV Diagnostics and Head of the Pathology Laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados; Dr. Alison Nicholson,  Lecturer and Consultant Microbiologist, Department of Microbiology at The UWI’s Mona Campus, Jamaica; and Dr. Shirematee Baboolal, Microbiology Consultant at the American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA.

Specially invited guests include the Honourable Senator Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in Trinidad and Tobago; and Professor Samuel Ramsewak, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI St. Augustine Campus.

This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dr. Patrick E. Akpaka, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Microbiology, at 645-2640-9 Ext 2332, 736-0440, or via e-mail at,,, or visit the CACM website at

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)