Director’s Message

Message from the Director
Dr. Robin Roberts

Once again our Research Committee sets out in its mission “To facilitate the improvement of health of the people of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas through clinical research that will produce valuable knowledge for the prevention and management of diseases, and formulation of health policies and programmes.”

No health care malady presents a greater burden in our population than obesity. With a national profile of two out of every three persons in the Bahamas being overweight, and one out of every three children of school age, the need for national policies and interventions cannot be overstated. The CDC in its missive on Adult Obesity, Causes and Consequences underscores the magnitude of this public and global health issue: “obesity is a serious concern because it is associated with poorer mental health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and the leading causes of death in the U.S. and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.”


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Conference Report


The Research Committee of the University of the West Indies  School of Clinical Medicine and Research, would like to thank all of you for your support at Our Recent Eleventh Annual Research Day Scientific Conference under the theme “Weight Challenges in the Bahamas: Are We The Biggest Losers?.” We had a record number of speakers this year, which extended the conference to two full days.  This year for the first time a writers’ workshop was conducted. It was geared towards “equipping” researchers with the tools necessary for completing their projects and submitting them for publication. This segment was riveting and all the participants found it beneficial. It was suggested that this type of workshop be held more frequently throughout the year.








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