Editor in Chief of West Indian Medical Journal calls for sustainable research strategies

Editor in Chief of West Indian Medical Journal calls for sustainable research strategies

Professor Emeritus Rainford Wilks has made a call for strategies to be implemented to strengthen the research culture and promote research productivity at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

In the editorial for the first issue of the 69th Volume of the West Indian Medical Journal published this month (May 2021), the Editor in Chief, reflected that research accomplishments do not ‘fall like manna from the sky’ but that focused investments and nurturing are important to such achievements.   He noted that research output was a contributor to the high ranking and reputation of The UWI, and it is critical that this aspect of the institution be maintained and improved alongside its teaching and community service obligations.  He highlighted the West Indian Medical Journal which has a long and well established history in the Faculty of Medical Sciences as critical to encouraging research output by providing an outlet for the research findings of the students, residents, and junior faculty.  Professor Wilks opined that in order to achieve a sustainable high-quality research enterprise then there must be in place deliberate strategies characterized by vision, leadership and the development of the structures, systems, processes, and people to achieve this ambition.

This issue of the WIMJ as the journal is popularly called, saw a mix of articles covering aspects of laboratory and clinical medicine.  The editorial team is expected to continue with a production of regular issues in the coming months.

Please click the link to view the issue:  https://www.mona.uwi.edu/fms/wimj/vol-69-issue-1-2021


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