Since the early 1990s, the Faculty of Medical Sciences of The University of the West Indies, Mona, has held consecutive research conferences and workshops.
Regardless of the diversity of conference themes, over the years this flagship event has consistently found relevance in the medical and scientific communities in Jamaica, across the wider Caribbean and the world as well as with governmental and non-governmental agencies and the general populace.
Through its presence, hundreds of presentations have accumulated which have resulted in impactful policy-directed discussions and submissions.
The conference is presented in three parts: the Scientific Sessions, which highlight a wide array of research papers that are specific to, as well as beyond, the theme for the conference and often times include cutting-edge research within the faculty; the Main Research Workshops, which discuss updates specifically related to the conference theme; and the Ethics Seminar, which deals with topical issues that affect patient care.
Attendees look forward each year to the ‘Sir Kenneth Standard Distinguished Lecture’ in the Opening Ceremony which bears strong emphasis on public health research and policy. The plenary lecture, included as part of the Main Research Workshop, is also delivered by the distinguished lecturer.
This year, the distinguished lecture to honour Sir Kenneth Standard will be delivered by Professor Franklyn Prendergast, who is Jamaican by birth, Rhodes Scholar (1969 – 71), recipient of the UWI Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991 and was recently named one of Mayo’s Distinguished Alumni. Among other appointments, Professor Prendergast has been Professor in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Mayo Medical School. He has also served as Director for the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.
Sir Kenneth Standard Distinguished Lecture
"The heartbeat of our academy lies in its research. It provides the nourishment and stimulus for our teaching and service and the impetus for growth and development. For the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) at The University of the West Indies, Mona, research continues to be seen as a priority of our operations."
Dr Tomlin Paul, Dean
Faculty of Medical Sciences
The University of the West Indies