Research

Information. Partnerships.
Translation. Interventions.

Over the years, CAIHR’s formidable body of research work in nutrition, child development, chronic diseases and sickle cell disease, has won acclaim in the global health research community.

Our high-quality research is of regional and global relevance. A myriad of programmes and projects are implemented under three broad research themes - Early Life Exposures in Health and Development; Health Interventions, Evaluation, Translation & Implementation Research; and Biological Expression of Disease.

Our faculty of scientists, researchers and support staff have earned a solid reputation for research excellence built upon strong collaborative partnerships and relationships with a widening network of stakeholders regionally and internationally. Caribbean policymakers depend on the outputs of the Institute, which has consistently addressed the research needs of the region, while attracting increasing support from international development partners, donors and other stakeholders.

Our research themes

Early Life Exposures in Health and Development

With a growing body of evidence connecting early-life exposures with underdevelopment and later-life disease, this theme focuses on exposures that affect development, as well as on the effects of biological factors on growth.

Programmes under this theme

  1. Impact of early childhood experiences on development
  2. Nutrition, Growth and Metabolism

Interventions, Evaluation and Implementation

With the rise of non-communicable chronic diseases, it important to understand the determinants of health in order to design interventions for its improvement and to monitor health trends to determine effectiveness as well as to provide critical information for guiding health policy and resource allocation at the national and international level.

Programmes under this theme

  1. Health Disparities
  2. Surveillance of Health Outcomes and Their Determinants
  3. Violence Prevention/Child Behaviour
  4. Interventions to Promote Development and Optimal Growth
  5. Cardiometabolic Disease Interventions
  6. Improving Psychosocial and Cognitive Outcomes in Sickle Cell Disease
  7. Cardiometabolic Disease Interventions (NCDs)

Biological Expression of Disease

The depth of research innovation is interrogated in order to understand how genetic factors influence sickness and disease and how changes in the body’s response to dietary stress, infection and inflammation affects susceptibility to and management of disease.

Programmes under this theme

  1. Genetic Modifiers of Disease Expression
  2. Metabolic Adaptations in Health and Disease
  3. Inflammation, Wound Healing and Vascular Function in Health and Disease
  4. Pathophysiology/Clinical Variability of Sickle Cell Disease