Founded in 1994 with funds granted by the University, WINDREF, an independent nonprofit organization located on the True Blue campus, seeks to advance health and environmental development through multidisciplinary research and education programs. Currently, WINDREF carries out short- and long-term studies in epidemiology, anthropology, virology, conservation ecology, marine biology and other topics relevant to tropical climates and developing nations.
WINDREF strives for program excellence by promoting collaborative relationships between internationally recognized scholars and regional scientists, by adhering to the highest ethical and academic standards in the design and conduct of research, and by maintaining computer links to the world’s scientific community.
Mary Jeanne Kreek is Professor and Head of Laboratory, the Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases at The Rockefeller University in New York City, where she focuses on determining how genetics as well as other neurobiological alterations factor into addictive diseases such as opiate addiction, cocaine dependency, nicotine addiction and alcoholism. She has received several awards for her scientific research related to the biology and treatment of addictive diseases including the prestigious Betty Ford Award and the Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award for Lifetime Excellence in Drug Abuse Research, one of the highest recognitions in the field of drug abuse research. Her 2005 lecture was titled “Drug Abuse and Addictions: Some scientific approaches to a global health problem.”
Lord Soulsby of Swaffham of Prior is a distinguished microbiologist and parasitologist. He has been a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge since 1978, and was Professor of Animal Pathology at the University of Cambridge from 1978 to 1993. His 2004 lecture was titled “Zoonoses, Old and New…the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
Professor David Molyneux is Director of the Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine since 2000 and Professor of Tropical Health Sciences at The University of Liverpool. He has recently become involved in parasitic and vector borne disease control programs advising the World Health Organization on trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis and malaria control. His 2003 lecture was titled “Success and Failure in Parasitic Disease Control: Lessons Learned?”
Lord Walton of Detchant has made significant contributions to the study of neurology and founded the Muscular Dystrophy Laboratories at Newcastle General Hospital. His phenotypic classification of muscle disease laid the foundation for subsequent studies in molecular genetics. His 2002 lecture was titled “A Doctor in the House.”
Professor Adetokumbo Lucas is Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Throughout his accomplished career, Prof Lucas has been dedicated to and internationally recognized for improving the quality of life in developing countries. He has served as Chair of Carnegie Corporation’s grant program, Director of the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases based at the World Health Organization in Geneva and was recently appointed to the AMREF International Board. His 2001 lecture was titled “International Collaboration for Health Research.”
Sir Kenneth Stuart is an accomplished and published academic who serves as a member of the Academic Board of SGU and the Board of Directors of the UK Trust for WINDREF. A past Medical Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, Sir Kenneth Stuart also served as Professor and Dean of the Department of Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica; a consultant at University Hospital, Jamaica; and consultant advisor to the Wellcome Trust. On January 25th, 2000 he spoke about “Caribbean Health Research Needs.”