Tuesday, March 20, 2018

3rd UMHS Research Symposium: Oral Research Presentations

The 3rd UMHS Research Symposium  will be held tonight in the Warren Ross Auditorium, UMHS Campus, St. Kitts, Tuesday March 20, 2018 6:00—8:00 PM. Program below:

Oral Research Presentations:
6:00-6:20  - Poster Session
6:20-6:30  - Opening Remarks: Dr. Edwin Purcell, Dean Basic Sciences
6:30-6:40  - Eboni Peoples & Justine Vella: 
     Chronic Hepatitis C Virus in St. Kitts: an Analysis of Prevalence, Risk Factors and Testing         Guidelines

6:40-6:50 - Fernando Vélez: 
     Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Isolated from Surfaces after Clinical Simulation at a Caribbean Medical School
6:50-7:00 - Paola A. Rodriguez Martinez:
     Development of a Digital Public Health Database to Assess Prevalence of Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases

7:00-7:05 - Questions for Student Presentations
7:05-7:15  - Dr. Prakash Mungli:
     Hybrid Classroom
7:15-7:30 - Dr. Abrar Khan:  

     Coronary Dominance
7:30-7:50  - Keynote Address:  

     Dr. Karen Near, Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Global Heatlh, USAID:
     Careers in Medical Research and What's Going on Out There
7:50-8:00 - Closing Remarks: Dr. Jane Harrington

Reception with refreshments to follow.  

Photo Credit: Ian Holyoak

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Join UMHS for the 1st Annual Research Symposium

1st Annual UMHS Research Symposium

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Amy Beierschmitt, Attending Veterinarian, Behavioral Science Foundation, Adjunct Faculty, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine:
Non-human primate models of disease, genetics, addictive behavior and behavioral / cognitive disorders.

Faculty Presentation:
Dr. Will Cobb, Assistant Professor of Anatomy &
Dr. Rebecca Cusack, Gross Anatomy Lab Instructor:
The Physiology of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue.

Student Presentations:

Geneviève Aubé & Katie Plemmons:
Analysis of Microbial Isolates from Personal Mobile Devices on UMHS campus.

Laura Mena-Albors & Wined Ramirez:
Microbiology Lessons to Create Awareness of the Importance of Hand Hygiene and Surface Cleaning.

Jameison Rolle:
Pullulan ω-carboxyalkanoates for Drug Nanodispersions.

Freddie Irizarry-Delgado:
CD16+ Monocyte Subset as a Reservoir of HIV-1 in Patients under Prolonged Suppressive Antiretroviral Therapy.

Poster Presentations:

Stefan Campbell: 
Epileptiform transients in the occipital lobe in pediatrics.

Soraya Darwood:  
Evaluation of Microbial Contaminants in Tap Water and Efficacy of Home Filtration Systems.

Samah Halbouni: 
What are the risk factors for Arboviral infection in UMHS medical students?

Nawsheen Khan:  
The Anti-Bacterial Effect of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Bacillus Anthracis.

Tom Kowalski: 
Impact of the Implanted Cough System on the Quality of Life (QoL) of  Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Subjects.

Ellen Lorenzen: 
An investigation of pork products from imported and domestic origins in local St. Kitts grocery stores for levels of coliforms and resistance to antibiotics.

Kamalpreet Mann & James Riddle:  
Antimicrobial Properties of Indigenous Tropical Plants Moringa and Neem.

Christina Varela:  
Detection of Salmonella and E.coli Contamination from Imported and Domestically Produced Poultry from Retail Markets in St. Kitts.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Earth Moved! 5.6 Earthquake off Barbuda

Anyone else get woken up last night?

Check the National Earthquake Center ~ seems they reduced it to a 5.3 this morning.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Global Status Report on Alcohol & Health 2011

The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2011, published by the World Health Organization, presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol. It also portrays patterns of drinking, their health consequences, as well as policy responses in the various countries. The goal of the WHO is to assist countries in their efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, and its health and social consequences. Click for the statistics on individual countries including St. Kitts & Nevis.

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Did you feel it?

4.5 earthquake hits just north of us, close to St. Maarten!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

The 1st Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation Symposium

Join us in St. Kitts on February 13 ~ 15, 2009, for the 1st Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation Symposium. Hosted by the University of Medicine & Health Sciences ~ St. Kitts and the International University of Nursing, this symposium will hold workshops designed for nurses, physicians and medical faculty.
Check out the ICSS website for further details and online registration.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Plume from Monserrat Volcano

This often blows in our direction (notice Nevis and St. Kitts in the clouds to the north-west), making it hard to keep our cars clean! It also makes you wonder about the long-term effects on our health!
Click on the image to enlarge or click on the title to go to the NASA site. Notice Guadeloupe to the south, Antigua to the east and Barbuda to the north-east.
Photo from NASA Earth Observatory.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dengue Watch on St. Kitts

With almost 50 reported cases of Dengue Fever in St. Maarten and a few cases confirmed in St. Kitts, it is important for everyone to take measures now to prevent the further spread of this infectious disease!
Dengue viruses are mosquito-borne, transmitted during the mosquitos feeding process. The disease is NOT transmitted human-to-human! Kill the mosquitos and you kill the dengue virus!

Notes for Healthcare Professionals:

Classic Dengue Fever or "break bone fever"
is characterized by acute onset of high fever, 3-14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Patients develop frontal headache, retro-orbital pain, myalgias, arthralgias, nausea, vomiting, and often a maculopapular rash. Many patients notice a change in taste sensation. Acute symptoms, when present, usually last about 1 week, but weakness, malaise, and anorexia may persist for several weeks. A high proportion of infections produce no or minimal symptoms, especially in children. Treatment emphasizes relief of symptoms, avoiding aspirin and other non steroidal anti-inflamatory medications and encouraging oral fluid intake. Yellow Fever can be distinguished from Dengue by the presence of jaundice.

Nov 28/08 UPDATE: Dengue confirmed

"The public is being asked to assist with eradication of dengue-carrying mosquitoes after blood tests sent to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) in Barbados confirmed there are over two dozen positive cases of dengue fever in St. Kitts/Nevis...It is further reported that notifications of clinical cases continue to be received at the Ministry’s Health Information Unit which means that the mosquito that spreads the dengue viruses remains highly active."

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Friday, September 12, 2008

More Accolades for the Mediterranean Diet

Researchers Say Mediterranean Diet May Lower Risk of Cancer, Other Major Diseases
By Kelley Colihan
WebMD Health News

Sept. 11, 2008 -- More accolades are being heaped on the Mediterranean diet. This time, researchers say the diet may actually help prevent certain chronic diseases...

Our Healthy Women, Healthy Nation Project here in St. Kitts is promoting the right formula!

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Women's Health is the talk around town!

Read what is being said about the St. Kitts & Nevis women's health promotion inititative ~
"Healthy Women, Healthy Nation Project"

Kittivitian Life Magazine has just published an article by Orita Bailey called "A Healthy Workforce is a Productive Workforce."

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Excursion to Brimstone Hill

The History of the Caribbean class is planning an excursion to
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Saturday February 23nd.
We will board buses at the campus at 3 p.m.(sharp) and return by 5:15pm.
If you are interested in joining the class for this fascinating, historic excursion, please let me know by this Friday noon.
Transportation, entrance fee, and a guide will all be provided for $10 EC each.
Please come and join us! First come, first served!
Prof. Mark H. Bernstein

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Annie's Walking Tour of Historic Basseterre

The Caribbean History class invites you for an historical 2 hour walking tour of Basseterre on Sunday February 10th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Annie is famous for her tours and she has agreed to substancially reduce her usual fee for IUON personnel to $10 US per person!
Hear the detailed background of the exciting and often tragic history of the capital of this wonderful island. Visit the site of the first company, stroll through the old village of Irish Town, learn about Pall Mall (presently called Independence Square) where slaves were sold on arrival and goods exchanged or battered.
Please come pay me by Friday 3:00pm to reserve your place.
Prof Mark Bernstein

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sugar Estate Tour

Here are some photos taken last Sunday during the historical tour of the sugar industry in St. Kitts:

Thanks to Prof Bernstein for organizing this great tour
& to Greg of Greg's Safari Tours for being our tour guide.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

St. Kitts "off the beaten track" Tour

Join the Caribbean History class students
on Sunday January 27
for an “off the beaten track” hinterland tour
of beautiful St. Kitts’
in specially modified 4x4 Land Rovers
to explore the legacy of Sugar.
Meet at IUON at 2:00pm.
Tour will return by 6:00pm.
Cost is $20 US or $55 EC.

Please see Prof. Bernstein ASAP to reserve your spot!

Stops on the tour include:
~ Sugar Plantation Home built in the mid 1700’s
~ cool mountain rainforest & panoramic mountain top views
~ ruins of the old "Muscavardo" Sugar Factory
~ Windmill and Boiling House
~ the sugar plantaion home of Lodge Estate

A not to be missed 4x4 driving adventure for an up-close look at the Sugar Heritage of beautiful St. Kitts as well as an unforgettable “off the beaten track” photo safari!

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean: Guest Lecture

Dr. Kathleen Allen-Ferdinand,
the Island’s leading authority on HIV/AIDs, will be giving a guest lecture in the IUON Auditorium
Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00pm.

All students, faculty, and staff
are invited

She will be discussing the status of the epidemic in the Caribbean, with specifics about St. Kitts.
Please encourage all of your students to attend.
Catherine Garner DrPH, RN, FAAN
Provost / Dean

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