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Outstanding Research Awarded at Cave Hill

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, November 16, 2018

The Faculties of Social Sciences and Medical Sciences took the majority of honours during this year’s Research Week Awards.

Staff were invited to submit nominations for six of the seven prizes which were divided into two categories: Faculty/Institute Awards and Campus Awards.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences copped the award for Recognition of Researchers/Research Teams who have won significant funding, taking one of three in the Campus Awards category. They were granted four million Canadian dollars (US$3,048,000) over four years from the Canadian International Development Research Centre to undertake a study titled, Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM (FaN).

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Most Internationally Successful Research went to Head of the Department of Management Studies, Dr Philmore Alleyne. He gained a Campus Award as recognition for his article entitled, Antecedences of taxpayers' intentions to engage in tax evasion: evidence from Barbados which was published in 2017.Dr. Alleyne’s paper was acknowledged as the Most Outstanding by the Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting and he also received a 2018 Emerald Literati Award, granted by the publisher.

Rounding out the Campus Awards category was a joint publication authored by lecturers in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Social Sciences. Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Dr Damian Cohall and Lecturer in Sociology Dr. Alana Griffith shared an award for Best Applied Research for their paper: Towards Conceptualising a Policy Framework for the Implementation of Medical Marijuana in a Small Island State in the Caribbean, which was published in Drug Science, Policy and Law in September.

Dr Nkemcho Ojeh, Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, and Coordinator of the Phase 1 MBBS programme earned one of four Faculty/Institute awards for Most Outstanding Researcher. Her research focuses on adult stem cells, wound healing (acute and chronic), skin disorders (keloids) and potential therapies.

Senior lecturer in Political Science, Cynthia Barrow-Giles also received a Faculty/Institute Award for Most Outstanding Research for work on electoral politics, national integrity systems, gender, corruption and governance.

Other Faculty Awards went to Dr Henri Valles, a Biology lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology, and Dr. Mia Jules, a Lecturer in Experimental and Physiological Psychology in the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

Dr Valles is currently pursuing research on reef fish communities subject to fisheries exploitation in the Caribbean, as well as other aspects relevant to the ecology of coral reefs, while Dr Jules explores the development and validation of psycho-educational assessment instruments for Caribbean populations and the wider diaspora, as well as the psycho-educational factors which contribute to, and hinder, the successful transition of child, adolescent and adult learners through Caribbean educational systems.


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