Dr. Trevor Ferguson, MBBS, DM, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, FACP, FRCP

Director, Epidemiology Research Unit

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Trevor Ferguson is a Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine and Director of the Epidemiology Research Unit (ERU) at CAIHR. He is also Honorary Consultant in General Internal Medicine at the UHWI. Prof. Ferguson pursued his undergraduate medical degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and was awarded the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995. He later completed specialist training, leading to a Doctor of Medicine (DM) degree in Internal Medicine, at the same institution. Prof. Ferguson then went on to obtain a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, through the University of London External Programme and later completed the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology at UWI. He was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians in 2011 and in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2019.

Prof Ferguson joined the staff at CAIHR (then TMRI) in 2004. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for several research projects in the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology and diabetes and has received research grants from local, regional, and international funding agencies. Prof Ferguson has presented at several scientific meetings regionally and internationally and he has authored or co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.

Lown's Fellow

Since 2016, Prof Ferguson has been appointed as a Bernard Lown Scholar in Cardiovascular Health at the Department of Global Health and Population of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Lown Scholars Program was established in honour of Dr. Bernard Lown, a world-renowned cardiologist and activist, whose career has advanced public health globally. The Program is designed to create an international cadre of talented health professionals who will use public health tools and strategies to prevent cardiovascular diseases and promote cardiovascular health in developing countries. The Lown Scholars Program supported Prof Ferguson’s project, “Cardiovascular health in urban poor and middle income communities in Jamaica: Impact of psychological stress, social networks, and social support.” Prof Ferguson now serves as mentor for two Lown Scholars from the Caribbean.

Research & Teaching Interests

Cardiovascular disease epidemiology and diabetes with a particular interest in etiology of hypertension and risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes epidemiology, particularly diabetic foot complications and macrovascular complications of diabetes.

Developmental origins of health and disease, particularly developmental origins of hypertension.

Social determinants of health, including the impact of poverty and neighborhood factors on health outcomes.

Training Programmes

Programme Coordinator for the MSc Epidemiology Programme

Course Coordinator for Research Paper in Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research and Epidemiology

Lecturer in Master of Science Nutrition and Master of Public Health Program

Selected Publications

Ferguson TS, Younger-Coleman NOM, Mullings J, Francis D, Greene L-G, Lyew-Ayee P, et al. Neighbourhood socioeconomic characteristics and blood pressure among Jamaican youth: a pooled analysis of data from observational studies. PeerJ. 2020;8:e10058. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10058

Ferguson TS, Younger-Coleman NOM, Tulloch-Reid MK, Bennett NR, Rousseau AE, Knight-Madden JM, et al. Factors associated with elevated blood pressure or hypertension in Afro-Caribbean youth: a cross-sectional study. PeerJ. 2018;6:e4385. https://peerj.com/articles/4385/

Ferguson TS, Younger-Coleman NOM, Tulloch-Reid MK, Hambleton IR, Francis DK, Bennett NR, et al. Educational Health Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: Findings from Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2007-2008. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine. 2017;4:28. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcvm.2017.00028/full

Ferguson TS, Younger-Coleman NO, Tulloch-Reid MK, Knight-Madden JM, Bennett NR, Samms-Vaughan M, et al. Birth weight and maternal socioeconomic circumstances were inversely related to systolic blood pressure among Afro-Caribbean young adults. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 2015;68(9):1002-9. https://www.jclinepi.com/article/S0895-4356(15)00064-5/abstract

Ferguson TS, Tulloch-Reid MK, Younger NO-M, Wright-Pascoe RA, Boyne MS, McFarlane SR, et al. Diabetic Foot Complications among Patients Attending a Specialist Diabetes Clinic in Jamaica: Prevalence and Associated Factors. West Indian Medical Journal. 2013;62(3):216-23. https://www.mona.uwi.edu/fms/wimj/article/519




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