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UWI Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) Academic Announcements

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, July 12, 2013

Professor Susan Walker, Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI), is pleased to announce the appointments of Professor Marvin Reid as the Head of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit (TMRU) and Dr. Jennifer Knight-Madden, as Head of the Sickle Cell Unit (SCU).

Marvin Reid MB BS PHD (Community Medicine)

Professor Marvin Reid is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he was awarded the MBBS degree in 1988 with honours in physiology and pathology and the doctoral degree (PhD) in Community Medicine in 1999.  Prof. Reid subsequently completed a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship in paediatric nutrition at the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas. On his return to Jamaica in year 2000, he was appointed Lecturer in Human Metabolism at the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit (TMRU), University of the West Indies, Mona. From April 2004 until March 2013 he was Director, Sickle Cell Unit, where he led the expansion of the research programme and the integration of the Sickle Cell Unit in the clinical training of medical professionals in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Additionally, he has been since August 2006, Associate Lecturer in Department of Community Medicine & Psychiatry. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 2009 and in April 2013 transferred back to TMRU as Director. His main responsibilities include mentoring and providing leadership to the Staff of the TMRU. He also teaches clinical nutrition and research methods at the undergraduate & postgraduate levels, provides consultative service in clinical nutrition for hospitalized patients.  His main research interest is the effect of nutrition on the oxidative capacity and immune response in Man & clinical trials.  He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has received the Mona Campus Principal’s award and other international award for research publications. He is an executive member of the Medical Association of Jamaica, Chairman of Caribbean College of Family Physicians, Jamaican Chapter, & member of American Physiological society. He is also a practicing General Practitioner. 

Jennifer Knight-Madden MBBS, Bd Cert Ped Pulm PhD

Dr. Jennifer Knight-Madden completed medical school at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.  Her postgraduate training included a residency in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and a Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship and MSc in Biometry at Duke University Medical School.  She completed her PhD at Kings College, London which examined the role of asthma in the pulmonary complication of sickle cell disease.  Her main research interests are the pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease and asthma.  She is the author of two book chapters and several articles in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Knight-Madden joined the Sickle Cell Unit (Medical Research Council, UK) on her return to Jamaica in 1997.  She became a part of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute at its inception in 1999.  She has been involved in the research, clinical care and educational programs of the Sickle Cell Unit throughout her tenure.  Dr. Knight-Madden has given lectures in different fora locally, regionally and internationally.  She is currently a Vice President of the Caribbean network of Researchers on Sickle cell Disease and Thalassemia.  She has also been an honorary consultant at the University Hospital of the West Indies where she provides teaching and clinical care in the subspecialty of Pediatric Pulmonology.  She has served on faculty of Medical Sciences and University of the West Indies Committees.  Dr. Knight-Madden has served as a Presiding Officer in national and parish council elections.  Dr. Knight-Madden is married with two children.  She attends Christian Life Fellowship.  She is an avid reader.



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