Research Funds Secured

The Liverpool Support Center, with funds from the Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department for International Development (British Overseas Development Fund), have agreed to fund the Windward Island’s Research and Education Foundation’s (WINDREF) role in the regional lymphatic filariasis eradication program for the upcoming year. Dr. Calum Macpherson, Director of the WINDREF, an independent research institute located on the True Blue Campus of St. George’s University, stated that the funding amount is yet to be determined, but is expected to be around US$50,000.

In addition to supporting WINDREF’s involvement in this worthwhile program, the funds will provide educational support for St. George’s University PhD student Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, MPH student Karen Cummings, MD and MSc Microbiology student, Ede Langevine, current Head of the Department of Medical Technology at the University of Guyana. This recent news means that the two new students can begin in August.

Dr. Macpherson explained that this is an exciting continuation of WINDREF’s positive international links with the global alliance for the eradication of lymphatic filariasis. As the Director of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies for St. George’s University, Dr. Macpherson is also pleased that St. George’s University has been selected as the regional post graduate institute to facilitate this training program.

Published on 07/19/2004