The SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development was awarded a US $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center. This is quite a coup for the Center, as only 10 to 15 percent of applicants successfully get funding from the NIH.
The grant will be applied to a five-year Global Infectious Diseases Research Training programme which will focus on virology research and train 15 scientists, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The first four are based at The UWI.
The notable award reflects the high priority of emerging and chronic viral infections in the Caribbean. The programme will focus on tracing infectious diseases, their origins and methods of transmission, and help seek a cure. It will enable medical researchers to discover new ways to trace and ameliorate the health outcomes of Caribbean populations.
Apart from the objective of training high-quality personnel to find and deliver solutions to regional issues, this achievement also represents the successful quest for alternative funding for university programmes.