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Medical Research Centre Renamed in Honor of Retiring Chancellor

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Barbados-based Chronic Disease Research Centre, one of the lead agencies in the fight against chronic diseases, has been renamed in honour of prominent health official and academic Professor Emeritus Sir George Alleyne, the outgoing Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. Sir George demits office in July on completion of his second consecutive seven-year term.

At the renaming ceremony on Tuesday, April 25, Minister of Heath John Boyce and Principal of the Cave Hill campus Professor Eudine Barriteau praised the former director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for his yeoman service to the university, the region and internationally.

“He is thoroughly deserving of our highest accolades and recognition. Sir George has given magnanimous public service and continues to do so to this day,” said Professor Barriteau, lauding his sterling contribution to public health and medicine.

“Sir George has been a consummate academic who believes resolutely that research should drive policy development in health care. His views on the value and significance of research are not only aligned with, but are in the vanguard of those in the academy who see research as the determining feature which separates universities from other tertiary level institutions.

“Research can improve Caribbean lives, accelerate regional development and ought to be an integral part of any university’s existence. At The UWI research constitutes part of our core mandate. Indeed, I can think of no more enduring form of recognition with which to grant our revered Chancellor, than to link his name in perpetuity to our foremost, internationally acclaimed medical research unit. From today on this will be known as the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre.”

A Health Economics building was renamed in recognition of Sir George at The UWI St Augustine campus some years ago, while UWI Mona plans to name a new wing at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex in his honour.

The health minister praised the work of the centre, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. He noted that it has been an invaluable partner for his ministry in conducting health research in Barbados, and the country’s success in tackling non-communicable diseases.

The renaming “recognizes Sir George’s legacy and will ensure that his name is associated with an institution that seeks to embody the scholarship in and dedication to medicine and public health which he has demonstrated throughout his life,” Boyce said.

About Sir George Alleyne

Sir George Alleyne, was appointed Chancellor of The UWI in October 2003 and reappointed for a second seven-year term in 2010. He is a native of Barbados and an alumnus of the University, having attended when it was then the University College of the West Indies. Sir George became Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 1, 1995 and completed a second four-year term on January 31, 2003. In 2003 he was elected Director Emeritus of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB). From February 2003 until December 2010 he was the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. He also currently holds an adjunct professorship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Sir George has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including prestigious decorations and national honours from many countries of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Medicine. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national. View Sir George Alleyne’s curriculum vitae here.

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses inBarbados,Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago, and theOpen Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)


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