Chistina Howitt


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Christina Howitt earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology from the University of Bristol in 2003, and then her Master of Science degree in Control of Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2005. She worked as a Clinical Trial Manager with the MRC Clinical Trials Unit in London, before returning to Barbados in 2009 to join the CDRC as a Lecturer in Data Science and PhD student. She managed the Health of the Nation Survey, which investigated non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in the Barbadian population. Her PhD work focuses on physical activity and metabolic health.

Research & Teaching Interests

Physical activity epidemiology

Metabolic health

Health disparities

NCD risk factors and prevention


Howitt, C., Brage, S., Hambleton, I.R., Westgate, K., Samuels, T.A., Rose, A.M., Unwin, N., 2016. A cross-sectional study of physical activity and sedentary behaviours in a Caribbean population: combining objective and questionnaire data to guide future interventions. BMC Public Health 16, 1036. doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3689-2

Howitt C, Hambleton IR, Rose AMC, Hennis A, Samuels TA, George KS, Unwin N. Social distribution of diabetes, hypertension and related risk factors in Barbados: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2015;5:12 e008869 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008869

Unwin N, Howitt C, Rose AMC, Samuels TA, Hennis AJM, Hambleton IR. Prevalence and phenotype of diabetes and prediabetes using fasting glucose versus HbA1c in a Caribbean population: implications for policy on diagnosis and prevention. Accepted in Journal of Global Health, 2016. Journal of Global Health 7, no. 2 (December 2017): 020407.


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