St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

The University of the West Indies is a public university system serving 18 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. Each of these countries is either a member of the Commonwealth of Nations or a British Overseas Territory. The aim of the university is to help "unlock the potential for economic and cultural growth" in the West Indies, thus allowing for improved regional autonomy. The University was originally instituted as an independent external college of the University of London.Since the University's inception, students and faculty have been recognized in fields ranging from the arts and science, to business, politics, and sports. Notable alumni and faculty include three U.W.I. Nobel Laureates, sixty-one Rhodes Scholars, 18 current or former Caribbean Heads of Government, and an Olympic medalist. The university's cricket team previously participated in West Indian domestic cricket, but now participates as part of a Combined Campuses and Colleges team.This university consists of three physical campuses at Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados and the Open Campus. There are satellite campuses in Mount Hope, Trinidad and Tobago and Montego Bay, Jamaica, and a Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management in Nassau, Bahamas. The other contributing countries are served by the Open Campus which has a physical presence and Heads of Sites in each of the 18 countries. Wikipedia.


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Receive press releases from U.S. Veg Corp.: By Email Celebrity Chefs to be Featured at U.S. Veg Corp's 7th Annual NYC Veg Food Fest The celebrity chefs to be featured at the 7th annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, May 20-21, wear a number of different hats in addition to their toques. New York, NY, April 30, 2017 --( The celebrity chefs to be featured at the 7th annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, May 20-21, wear a number of different hats… in addition to their toques! Victoria Moran will present a talk entitled “Peace, Love & Vegetables: Food Choices and the Spiritual Life.” She started her career as a freelance magazine writer and has gone on to publish a number of best-selling vegan books, starting in 1985 with Compassion: the Ultimate Ethic. Her 2012 book, Main Street Vegan, is the basis of her company and outreach, including the Main Street Vegan podcast,Main Street Vegan Academy, and Main Street Vegan Productions. Her most recent book, published in 2015, is The Good Karma Diet. Another festival presenter, Adam Sobel, is the chef and owner of The Cinnamon Snail, a celebrated all-vegan food truck which serves New York City and New Jersey. He is also the author of a book filled with stories of the trials and tribulations of running a food truck. Now, he also runs a brick-and-mortar eatery at the Pennsy Market in New York City. Chef J.L. Fields will appear at the New York fest for the first time, after wowing crowds at recent vegetarian food festivals in Arizona and California. Her cooking demo and talk is called "The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors." Fields is an author, culinary instructor, columnist, speaker, activist, and radio personality. She is also the founder and director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy, the vegan cooking chef-instructor at the University of New Mexico-Taos, and a brands consultant for a variety of national companies and food associations. Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman (aka the Vegan Mos) will let festival-goers in on how to make iconic New York dishes cruelty-free and even more delicious than their animal-inflected counterparts. Brooklyn egg creams, Reuben sandwiches, blintzes, brisket, and chicken soup… they’re all about to be “veganized.” When not in the kitchen, Ciment is a podiatric physician in private practice, while Suchman is a lawyer and a certified vegan lifestyle coach. Together they run the popular blog, VeganMos.com. The Vegan Roadie himself, Dustin Harder, will also be on the festival roster. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Harder has traveled America searching for vegan restaurants and local markets; he shares his discoveries on his popular social media sites. He has also served as a recipe developer in test kitchens, worked as a theatrical dog-handler, and performed as an actor, singer and dancer. “Modern Caribbean Cuisine” will be the focus of Taymer Mason’s presentation at the festival. Mason grew up in a family of cooks who taught her to make and love traditional Caribbean cuisine. After graduating from the University of the West Indies, she moved to France where she started veganizing old West Indian favorites. A food scientist, organic cosmetics developer, and bilingual globetrotter, she now lives in Toronto. Another chef with multi-cultural cred is Jacques Laventure, known as The Naked Chef. His healthy dishes mix flavors from Texas barbeque, the Caribbean, and Haiti (where he grew up). Laventure is part of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, a global non-profit educational and networking organization. He gives back to the community by participating in health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in both Haiti and the U.S. His demo at the festival will feature kale salad. Craig Cochran is the Chief Operating Officer of Terri, the premiere vegan restaurant brand with three locations in Manhattan. Patrons enjoy his cruelty-free versions of dishes such as the meatball sub and the bacon-chicken-ranch sandwich. Though Cochran gave up meat more than 20 years ago, he specializes in recreating his favorite dishes from childhood. In addition to presenting a cooking demo at the festival, his restaurant is the festival’s Pear Stage sponsor. Another cooking demonstrator will be Teresa Grace who has more than 10 years of experience as a professional and personal chef. She has worked with Michelin Kitchens, James Beard Kitchens, and Great Performances Caterers. Her specialty is healthy, organic cuisine. Rounding out the cooking demo stage will be Hannah Kulberg (sponsored by Better Beans), Marina Benedetto (speaking on the magic of mushrooms), and Yovana Mendoza (known as Rawvana, because of her emphasis on raw foods). But there’s much more to the festival than cooking. Physicians, athletes, and animal rights activists will be among the other speakers. Additionally, 100 vegan vendors will be on hand sampling and selling their wares. Festival-goers will find everything from organic skin care products and vegan-themed tee shirts to plant-based cooking kits and handcrafted dark chocolate. A special area of the festival will be devoted to children’s activities such as storytelling, art projects, scavenger hunts, and animal-pose yoga. Entertainment will include a performance by the Edward Morgan Ballet and two screenings of a new documentary short film. The New York City Vegetarian Food Festival is presented by U.S. Veg Corp, a production and marketing company which also founded and produces the Arizona and California Vegetarian Food Festivals. Additionally, it produces other plant-based events throughout the year including various vegan food competitions, Vegan Drinks Brooklyn, and other smaller scale events. For more information on the upcoming festival or to purchase tickets, please visit http://nycvegfoodfest.com/index.php. New York, NY, April 30, 2017 --( PR.com )-- When do they have time to cook?The celebrity chefs to be featured at the 7th annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, May 20-21, wear a number of different hats… in addition to their toques!Victoria Moran will present a talk entitled “Peace, Love & Vegetables: Food Choices and the Spiritual Life.” She started her career as a freelance magazine writer and has gone on to publish a number of best-selling vegan books, starting in 1985 with Compassion: the Ultimate Ethic. Her 2012 book, Main Street Vegan, is the basis of her company and outreach, including the Main Street Vegan podcast,Main Street Vegan Academy, and Main Street Vegan Productions. Her most recent book, published in 2015, is The Good Karma Diet.Another festival presenter, Adam Sobel, is the chef and owner of The Cinnamon Snail, a celebrated all-vegan food truck which serves New York City and New Jersey. He is also the author of a book filled with stories of the trials and tribulations of running a food truck. Now, he also runs a brick-and-mortar eatery at the Pennsy Market in New York City.Chef J.L. Fields will appear at the New York fest for the first time, after wowing crowds at recent vegetarian food festivals in Arizona and California. Her cooking demo and talk is called "The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors." Fields is an author, culinary instructor, columnist, speaker, activist, and radio personality. She is also the founder and director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy, the vegan cooking chef-instructor at the University of New Mexico-Taos, and a brands consultant for a variety of national companies and food associations.Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman (aka the Vegan Mos) will let festival-goers in on how to make iconic New York dishes cruelty-free and even more delicious than their animal-inflected counterparts. Brooklyn egg creams, Reuben sandwiches, blintzes, brisket, and chicken soup… they’re all about to be “veganized.” When not in the kitchen, Ciment is a podiatric physician in private practice, while Suchman is a lawyer and a certified vegan lifestyle coach. Together they run the popular blog, VeganMos.com.The Vegan Roadie himself, Dustin Harder, will also be on the festival roster. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Harder has traveled America searching for vegan restaurants and local markets; he shares his discoveries on his popular social media sites. He has also served as a recipe developer in test kitchens, worked as a theatrical dog-handler, and performed as an actor, singer and dancer.“Modern Caribbean Cuisine” will be the focus of Taymer Mason’s presentation at the festival. Mason grew up in a family of cooks who taught her to make and love traditional Caribbean cuisine. After graduating from the University of the West Indies, she moved to France where she started veganizing old West Indian favorites. A food scientist, organic cosmetics developer, and bilingual globetrotter, she now lives in Toronto.Another chef with multi-cultural cred is Jacques Laventure, known as The Naked Chef. His healthy dishes mix flavors from Texas barbeque, the Caribbean, and Haiti (where he grew up). Laventure is part of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, a global non-profit educational and networking organization. He gives back to the community by participating in health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in both Haiti and the U.S. His demo at the festival will feature kale salad.Craig Cochran is the Chief Operating Officer of Terri, the premiere vegan restaurant brand with three locations in Manhattan. Patrons enjoy his cruelty-free versions of dishes such as the meatball sub and the bacon-chicken-ranch sandwich. Though Cochran gave up meat more than 20 years ago, he specializes in recreating his favorite dishes from childhood. In addition to presenting a cooking demo at the festival, his restaurant is the festival’s Pear Stage sponsor.Another cooking demonstrator will be Teresa Grace who has more than 10 years of experience as a professional and personal chef. She has worked with Michelin Kitchens, James Beard Kitchens, and Great Performances Caterers. Her specialty is healthy, organic cuisine.Rounding out the cooking demo stage will be Hannah Kulberg (sponsored by Better Beans), Marina Benedetto (speaking on the magic of mushrooms), and Yovana Mendoza (known as Rawvana, because of her emphasis on raw foods).But there’s much more to the festival than cooking. Physicians, athletes, and animal rights activists will be among the other speakers. Additionally, 100 vegan vendors will be on hand sampling and selling their wares. Festival-goers will find everything from organic skin care products and vegan-themed tee shirts to plant-based cooking kits and handcrafted dark chocolate.A special area of the festival will be devoted to children’s activities such as storytelling, art projects, scavenger hunts, and animal-pose yoga. Entertainment will include a performance by the Edward Morgan Ballet and two screenings of a new documentary short film.The New York City Vegetarian Food Festival is presented by U.S. Veg Corp, a production and marketing company which also founded and produces the Arizona and California Vegetarian Food Festivals. Additionally, it produces other plant-based events throughout the year including various vegan food competitions, Vegan Drinks Brooklyn, and other smaller scale events.For more information on the upcoming festival or to purchase tickets, please visit http://nycvegfoodfest.com/index.php. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from U.S. Veg Corp.


News Article | May 3, 2017
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"We are so pleased that Karen has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her seminal work in microbial and human microbiome work," said Dr. Venter, Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO, JCVI. "It is an honor for me to be part of this exceptional group of scientists at the National Academies which include JCVI mentors and colleagues Venter, Smith and Hutchinson. I would not have achieved this success without these individuals and the entire JCVI team," said Nelson. In addition to being an elected member of the NAS, she serves on their Board of Life Sciences. Other honors include being named ARCS Scientist of the Year 2017; a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology; an Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies; and a Helmholtz International Fellow. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial physiology and metagenomics. Dr. Nelson has led several genomic and metagenomic efforts, and led the first human metagenomics study that was published in 2006. Additional ongoing studies in her group include metagenomic approaches to study the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, studies on the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal disease conditions, reference genome sequencing and analysis primarily for the human body, and other -omics studies. She has authored or co-authored over 170 peer reviewed publications, edited three books, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Microbial Ecology. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of BMC Genomics, GigaScience, and the Central European Journal of Biology. Nelson has been JCVI President since 2012. Prior to being appointed President, she held several other positions at the Institute, including Director of JCVI's Rockville Campus, and Director of Human Microbiology and Metagenomics in the Department of Human Genomic Medicine at JCVI. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. About J. Craig Venter Institute The JCVI is a not-for-profit research institute in Rockville, MD and La Jolla, CA dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the understanding of its implications for society; and communication of those results to the scientific community, the public, and policymakers. Founded by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the JCVI is home to approximately 200 scientists and staff with expertise in human and evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, information technology, high-throughput DNA sequencing, genomic and environmental policy research, and public education in science and science policy. The JCVI is a 501 (c)(3) organization. For additional information, please visit http://www.JCVI.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jcvi-president-karen-nelson-elected-to-national-academy-of-sciences-300451174.html


News Article | April 19, 2017
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Approximately 90 girls and young women will compete for prizes at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Students, from high schools, universities and community colleges — including Wolmer’s Girls’, Hillel Academy, St Andrew High School, St Elizabeth Technical High School, American International School Kingston, Excelsior Community College, the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology Jamaica, and Northern Caribbean University — will gather at Spanish Court Hotel, Worthington Conference Centre for a fun-filled day in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day. The ‘hackathon’, led by a group of women consultants through a joint partnership between Cotton Tree Consulting and Change Makers Development Ltd, will take place simultaneously, in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The event is supported regionally by Platinum Sponsor, Scotiabank and Gold Sponsor LOOP in partnership with the University of the West Indies and locally, by Platinum Sponsor, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd, and Silver Sponsor, Phase 3 Productions, and supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Throughout the day, girls and young women will be engaged in hands-on activities, guided by a tech mentor, using ICT to create, innovate and generate solutions to various challenges. The activities include mobile app building, animation, robotics, digital video production and digital art works, and web development. A day-long immersion in ICT, the ‘hackathon’ will give the girls and young women, an opportunity to envision themselves, not only as users of technology, but creators. “With this exciting hands-on event, we hope to give girls the confidence to pursue studies and careers in ICT, to facilitate greater gender balance in the sector,” said Samantha Chantrelle of Change Makers. Bridget Lewis of Cotton Tree Consulting added, “We want girls to know that they have the power to chart their own course, in a more dynamic technology sector, which ultimately leads to, enhanced productivity and innovation and better financial results.” Throughout the day a number of local, regional and international role model tech speakers will be streamed, giving inspirational messages of support to the participants. The line-up will include Ingrid Riley, founder of SiliconCaribe (Jamaica); Leila Janah, founder of Samasource (USA); Wambui Kinya, chief strategy officer of Andela (Kenya); and Tricia Clarke Stone, co-founder and CEO of Narrative (USA). Nicole Pitter Patterson, international advisor on the project, stated: “This initiative is a key example of how women’s economic empowerment can be inclusive of girls, who will become the future women leaders, using tech to advance their economic opportunities.” Members of the public, worldwide, will be able to view the speaker presentations and the day’s happenings, by logging on to the ITU portal URL: http://www.itu.int/girlsinict Simple Facts about Girls in ICT Day Worldwide Over the last six years, over 240,000 girls and young women have taken part across 160 countries. Since the start of the initiative, the ITU Girls In ICT Twitter account has reached over half a billion people with the hashtag #GirlsinICT. In 2016, the hashtag reached 68.4 million, with over 237 million deliveries, representing the potential number of times that people saw a GirlsinICT tweet. Supporting the global Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women to move from innovation to impact. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/ITUGirlsInICT/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/209455356207693/ @GirlsICTCbbnH,@ITUGirlsInICT, #GirlsinICT, #Girlsintech #WomeninTech


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INT-12-2015 | Award Amount: 2.42M | Year: 2016

The EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project directly meets the challenge of fostering EU-CELAC relations by studying the close connections between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the field of community museology. To address this challenge, EU-LAC-MUSEUMS assembles a team of leading academics, museum professionals and policy makers elected by the European and LAC Regional Alliances of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) (www.icom.museum). Together, we are committed to exploring the cultural, scientific and social dimensions of EU-LAC relations with a view to supporting the process of EU-CELAC cooperation outlined by the EU-CELAC Action Plan 2013-2015 in defining a common vision for the years to come. Through a series of thematic work packages we will pursue the theme of Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A good deal of research has been carried out into this subject at local, national, and regional levels in both EU and LAC, but a concerted bi-regional investigation is yet to appear. EU-LAC-MUSEUMS will overcome this gap in knowledge by creating parity of esteem and sustainable dialogue and co-operation between academia, museums and communities in each region. It will achieve this goal by pursuing work packages dealing with the cross cutting societal challenges of: a) Technology and Innovation for Bi-Regional Integration; b) Museum Education for Social Inclusion and Cohesion; c) Investment and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Museums, and d) Exhibiting Migration and Gender. In so doing, we will push forward the agenda of the EU-CELAC Action Plan in museum practice and theory.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INT-12-2015 | Award Amount: 2.60M | Year: 2016

EULAC Focus addresses the whole set of topics included in the Call. It delivers a significant contribution to the improvement of EUCELAC relations through a better understanding of the three dimensions selected by the call: cultural, scientific and social. The main objective is that of giving focus to these three dimensions of EUCELAC relations, with a view to determining synergies and cross-fertilization, as well as identifying asymmetries in bi-lateral and bi-regional relations. Research is focused on areas crucial to explain the current state of relations between EU and LAC, and will be pursued at two levels: a) research activities; b) strategic set of recommendations. In order to guarantee high impact, the research is pursued in six interdisciplinary WPs, organized matricially. Three are horizontal : Cross-cutting pathways, Towards a common vision for EUCELAC and Dissemination and outreach. The other three are thematic/vertical: Cultural, Scientific and Social Dimension, and not only intersect the horizontal WPs but also interact between them. To achieve the objectives, the project is organized by the multidisciplinary and well balanced consortium of19 members from 15 counties. The consortium represents a unique group of highly competent and experienced institutions, composed specifically for the purpose of this project,comprising, in both regions, Gov Research Agencies, Research institutes, Universities, University Association, and two International European LA Organizations active in analytical and policy oriented research and dissemination. EULAC Focus builds upon the outcomes of prior mapping conducted at the bi-regional level and will facilitate access to end-users, as well as feeding into the work of the EU-LAC Foundation and informing bi-regional networking activities of the JIRI and T-APs work. The number of partners has been carefully defined to ensure project goals and proper diversity, while allowing for efficient project management.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC1-PM-22-2016 | Award Amount: 6.92M | Year: 2016

ZIKAction proposes to set up a multidisciplinary research network across Latin America with a focus on maternal and child health to coordinate and implement urgent research against the current ZIKV outbreak and lay the foundation for a preparedness research network against future emerging severe infectious threats in these vulnerable populations. Our Consortium brings together Latin American and European leaders in paediatric infectious disease research, including virologists, epidemiologists, immunologists and obstetric, neonatal and paediatric practitioners, all with a wealth of experience in vertical transmission (VT) studies, a group uniquely placed to evaluate the potentially causative relationship between ZIKV and severe reported complications. ZIKAction will collect data from prospective cohorts of pregnant women and infants to assess ZIKV complications with the necessary level of evidence which is currently lacking. Complementary work in virology will take advantage of repeated biological samples from these cohorts, while pathogenesis studies on animal models will elucidate risk factors and mechanisms of VT. Partners experience in conducting trials among pregnant women and children and close contact with other relevant researchers will allow rapid launch of additional interventional studies, including the addition of sites and partners, to address remaining research gaps against ZIKV. Recognizing the breadth and complexity of the research questions presented by the current ZIKV epidemic and the potential for future severe emerging infectious threats, ZIKAction will actively seek out collaborations with relevant initiatives already existing or under development to maximize synergy and avoid duplication of efforts. Our focus on vertical transmission and maternal and child health would nicely complement a range of other activities including clinical and laboratory studies in the general population, surveillance, and work in public health and prevention.


Adams R.,University of the West Indies
IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials | Year: 2013

Since its formal introduction to IP networks in 1993 as a viable complementary approach for congestion control, there has been a steady stream of research output with respect to Active Queue Management (AQM). This survey attempts to travel the trajectory of AQM research from 1993 with the first algorithm, Random Early Detection (RED), to current work in 2011. In this survey we discuss the general attributes of AQM schemes, and the design approaches taken such as heuristic, control-theoretic and deterministic optimization. Of interest is the role of AQM in QoS provisioning particularly in the DiffServ context, as well as the role of AQM in the wireless domain. For each section, example algorithms from the research literature are presented. © 2013 IEEE.


Patent
University of the West Indies | Date: 2015-07-16

Methods of controlling the feeding and/or breeding behavior of a target insect are disclosed in which a host plant is provided a substantial distance from a plant of interest, chemical attractant that induces the target insect to lay eggs on the host plant is applied to the host plant, application of the chemical attractant to the host plant is repeated as required to induce residual target-insect populations to lay eggs on the host plant, and wherein the behavior is controlled when a substantial number of offspring belonging to subsequent generations themselves mature and display a preference for laying eggs on the same type of host plant on which they were reared without further application of the chemical attractant is provided. Also disclosed are methods of deterring target insect feeding and breeding on plants of interest by applying toxic plant extract to the plants of interest.


Patent
University of the West Indies | Date: 2015-07-31

The present invention relates to peptide copper catalysts capable of oxidizing hydrocarbons at room temperature.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: MRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 105.34K | Year: 2016

Diabetes is a serious and growing problem globally. Evidence suggests diabetes disproportionately affects people in low- and middle-income countries, where 80% of people with diabetes live, both in terms of numbers of people affected as well as outcomes and deaths. Diabetes affects between 10 and 20% of the adult population in the Caribbean region with deaths due to diabetes estimated to be 35% higher than in the neighbouring United States. Not only are prevalence and mortality a large burden but also rates of complications such as lower-limb amputation are also high. Much of the high burden of diabetes can be attributed to major risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity. Health systems with limited resources in these developing countries are struggling to meet the growing epidemic. There is a strong political will in the region to tackle diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In 2007, the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community put forth the Port of Spain Declaration (POSD) on NCDs, definitively challenging the high burden of these diseases in the region and pledging action through policies to strengthen prevention and treatment. This laid the groundwork for a global political movement to recognise NCDs on the public health agenda culminating in the United Nations High Level (UNHLM) meeting on NCDs in September 2011. Both the POSD and UNHLM strongly emphasise the importance of policy measures for reducing NCD risk factors and put forth policies and targets. However, evidence on how to achieve a reduction in overweight/obesity and physical inactivity and subsequently reducing NCDs at the population level is scarce, particularly in developing countries. While the risk factors and determinants of NCDs like diabetes are well studied and established, research has not been able to conclusively demonstrate real-world interventions that can reduce their popburden or change the course of the epidemic. Systems science, which combines multiple factors and complex interrelationships, may offer a solution to evaluating and testing policies for diabetes reduction. It does this by explicitly taking into account system behaviour that is non-linear and complex, with feedback loops and time delays. Within systems science, system dynamics modelling is a methodology incorporating input from experts and stakeholders and combining that with quantitative research evidence to produce a map of a system with the ability to simulate outcomes by changing parameters. The approach has been used effectively in a wide variety of fields including engineering, agriculture, energy planning, business dynamics, and health including diabetes. However, few models have been developed for use in middle-income countries. This study will be the first to explicitly develop a model for diabetes in developing countries, drawing from work successfully conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in the United States and their model for diabetes. The study will apply the rigorous qualitative methods required by interviewing stakeholders, experts and policy makers in the region as well as gathering evidence from research published on risk factors, outcomes, and health system performance for diabetes in the Caribbean. The study will use the developed model to engage stakeholders and policy makers in time for the on going evaluation of the POSD as a tool for effective policy planning. It will also evaluate the utility of this method in the region in engaging policy makers to think in terms of systems and with long time horizons. The results of this development study will be used to build a larger model incorporating economics and costs, which can then be adapted and used in other low- and middle-income countries.

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