Nigel Unwin

Visiting Professor

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Nigel Unwin, BA, MSc, PhD, is Professor of Population Health Sciences. He is the former Chair of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, UWI and GA-CDRC. He has had a visiting appointment at GA-CDRC since 2016.

Nigel studied medicine at the University of Oxford, completing a BA in physiological sciences before undertaking clinical training and graduating in 1984. Part of his medical training, as a student and an internist, was undertaken at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. In the UK he trained in internal medicine (MRCP in 1987) before specialising in Public Health (MPH & MFPH, 1992). He became a Lecturer in Epidemiology at Newcastle University in in 1993. His research doctorate (DM, 2003) was completed at Oxford University. At Newcastle his work included diabetes and cardiovascular disease epidemiology amongst different ethnic groups in the UK, and in Africa. He worked as a Medical Officer with the Diabetes Group at WHO Geneva (2003-5) and Professor of Epidemiology at Newcastle University (2006-2010) before returning to the UWI in August 2010.

Research & Teaching Interests

Current major research interests include: determining the basis of health inequities in non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the Caribbean in order to guide interventions; evaluating and supporting evidence based policy making, including the use of systems thinking and modelling, for the prevention and control of NCD; and the prevention and reversal of type 2 diabetes.


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