Lectures at sgu - WINDREF

Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF)

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.


February 2009
Dr. Yvette I. Sheline

Dr. Yvette Sheline, Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neurology and Director of the Center for Depression, Stress and Neuroimaging, Washington University School of Medicine,
delivered the 10th Annual WINDREF on the evening of March 16th at Bell Lecture Hall on St. George’s University’s True Blue campus.  She drew upon an accomplished career in Psychiatry, with a specific research focus on neuroimaging http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroimaging and treatment studies of depression.  She spoke on the topic: “Brain Imaging: New Insights into Neuropsychiatric Disorders.”



February 2008
Professor Sir Andrew Haines

Sir Andy became Dean (subsequently Director) of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in January 2001. He was previously Professor of Primary Health Care and Director of the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at Royal Free and University College Medical School, and worked part time as a general practitioner in North London. He was also formerly Director of Research and Development at the NHS Executive, North Thames and a member of the Council of the Medical Research Council. He has worked internationally, including in Nepal, Canada, Jamaica and the United States.

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February 2007
Dr. John Rouben David

Dr. David has received many awards in several countries for his contributions to research in tropical diseases, especially immunological aspects of leishmaniasis. He is a member of 15 international societies, served on countless committees of many international health bodies and editorial boards. Dr. David has been a prolific author and has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and held a number of grants over many decades. In New York, he is currently an advisor to the Jeffrey Sach’s Millenium Village project in Africa and Health Specialist concerning neglected tropical diseases. His 2007 lecture was titled “Leishmaniasis: A novel approach to control visceral leishmaniasis and another to treat cutaneous leishmaniasis.”

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February 2006
Dr. Eric Ottesen

Dr. Ottesen has published over 220 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and his work has been recognized by the award of many honors and awards from several societies in different countries. He serves on a number of scientific journal editorial boards and a number of advisory boards. His 2006 lecture was titled “Understanding the Science, Attacking the Problem: Lymphatic Filariasis and Beyond.”


February 2005
Mary Jeanne Kreek, MD

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.”

February 2004
Lord Soulsby of Swaffham of Prior, MRCVS, DVSM, MA, C.Biol.,F.I. Biol., DSC (Hon)

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.”

February 2003
Professor David Molyneux, MA, PhD, DSc, FIBiol

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?”

January 2002
Lord Walton of Detchant, MBBS, MD, DSc, MA (Oxon), FRCP

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.”

February 2001
Professor Adetokumbo Lucas, MD, DPH, DSc (Hon)

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.”

January 2000
Sir Kenneth Stuart, MD, DSc (Hon)

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.”


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