Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UWI Mona Research Days begins today

For the 18th year, the University of the West Indies, Mona, will showcase an impressive slate of research events and business solutions for investors and other stakeholders. The UWI Mona Research Days 2017 staging will bring a world of innovations and excitement for all persons who attend the upcoming staging on the Mona Campus Wednesday February 1 – Friday February 3.
This year, over 70 events and 50 interactive activities are slated for the three-day execution.

Under the theme ‘Driving Development through Research and Innovation’, the Days are a celebration of the academic and non-academic talents of the campus, all focused on the de-mystification of research and the explanation of the relevance of the UWI Mona Campus to the everyday life and living of the Caribbean national.

The campus community and visitors will have the opportunity to explore and participate in the Research Days flagship exhibition, special events and activities, and directly engage with faculties and researchers.

Many of the research projects have arisen out of the need to guide national development and safeguard the health and wellbeing of Jamaicans. One such project was inspired by recent cardiac mishaps with young Jamaican student-athletes and will examine the latest results from ongoing research into Electrocardiographic (ECG) testing for local athletes. Among the interactive exhibits and engagement options is the opportunity for student-athletes from pre-selected schools to access free ECG tests as part of the continuing “Cardiac Screening in Youth Athletes” project being executed by lead researcher Dr Lisa Hurlock.

The ongoing research is aiming to prove whether or not the ECG screening, which is a five minute, simple, pain free test, is a viable tool to help screen for traces of heart disease which may lead to ‘sudden cardiac death’ in Jamaican athletes. The ECG test is also cost effective as it is relatively affordable in comparison to other screening tests.

In addition to the detailed representation of research projects inside the Exhibition Village, an extensive programme of panel discussions, seminars special lectures and book launches are arranged to populate the three days. The first of these is the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, February 1 at The Undercroft on the Senate Building which features as guest speaker Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for Water, Works and Housing.

The UWI Mona Research Days Flagship Exhibition will open daily to the public from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm with the exception of February 3 when the exhibition closes at 4:00 pm to accommodate the final event - the Principal’s Awards. An invitation-only event, the awards will be hosted at 6:00 pm on Friday and will recognise outstanding Mona campus researchers in various categories.

The UWI Mona is home of many of the region’s investigative scientists across many disciplines and nurtures a focus on the key development challenges of our time. Nationally and in the region, business and policy makers rely on the University’s scholars and researchers to investigate and provide answers and solutions to address many of the key economic and development concerns faced by the region.

For more information on UWI Research Days, please visit http://www.mona.uwi.edu/researchdays/


About The UWI
Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit www.uwi.edu

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

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