Health and Wellness will be the focus as the University of the West Indies hosts its 2012 Research Days activities on Thursday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27 on the Mona Campus. Now in its 13th year, the annual forum provides an opportunity for dialogue between researchers and students, potential investors/research collaborators, business leader policy makers locally, regionally and internationally.
This year’s theme, “Promoting Health and Wellness: The UWI Mona’s Innovative Approach”, seeks to highlight the UWI’s efforts and achievements as a teaching and research institution in advancing knowledge and the understanding of the factors that facilitate or impede health and wellness. One major highlight will be the formal unveiling of the revolutionary UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator invention. Developed by an eminent team of researchers at the Mona Campus, the device is poised to transform the teaching of cardiac surgery globally. It is already in great demand by Ivy League Universities in across the USA and interest is being shown by universities as far afield as Australia. The Launch and Demo of the Simulator will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 9:00 am at the Undercroft of the University’s Senate Building.
The 2012 Research Days exposition will showcase the University’s innovations and distinguished research focus and achievements, as it seeks to maximise the application of research findings and innovations outside of the academic environment. With continuing recognition regionally and internationally of the university’s excellence in research, the Mona Campus now officially presents its outstanding catalogue of research in the area of health and wellness.
Another feature of the event will be the annual American Friends of Jamaica Inc and The Cobb Family Lecture Series, which will see Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee speaking on Addressing Road Safety Through Innovative Thinking and Technologies. The lecture takes place on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. also at the Undercroft.
Research Days 2012 concludes with a gala awards function on Friday January 27, where presentations will be made to the most outstanding researchers for 2011.