Friday 13 December, 2019

Chronic Disease Research Centre renamed in honour of Sir George Alleyne

The name George Alleyne is now appended to the Chronic Disease Research Centre.

A ceremony was held in his honour this morning, hosted by the University of The West Indies Cave Hill Campus. This morning’s naming now enables Cave Hill to join in similar recognition of Professor Alleyne, Chancellor of The University of The West Indies.

On the Mona Campus, the Chancellor has already broken ground for a new wing which is to be added to the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex and named in his honour; while St. Augustine honoured him a few short years ago with the George Alleyne Health Economics Unit building.

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau, in delivering opening remarks at this morning’s ceremony hailed the Sir George as a man who has rendered yeoman service to the university, the region and internationally and as such one who deserves highest accolades and recognition.

Noting that Professor Alleyne has been an academic who believes that research should drive policy development in health care, she said his views  on the value and significance of research are not just 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 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 by which to grant our revered Chancellor, than to link his name in perpetuity to our foremost, internationally acclaimed medical research unit,” Professor Barriteau proudly said.

She noted that the university salutes Sir George for creating this symbol of recognition for all that he has bestowed to the university and as a Caribbean community.

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