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Prof. Nigel Unwin

Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies

Brief Biography:

I trained initially in internal medicine before entering public health in 1988 with the UK system. In 1993 I was appointed as a research lecturer jointly between the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology&Public Health at the University of Newcastle, UK. It is from here that my research interests developed in the epidemiology and public health importance of diabetes and related cardiovascular risk factors, particularly in low and middle income countries and across different ethnic groups. Between October 2003 and December 2005 I was a medical officer with the Diabetes Unit at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where I led a joint WHO-International Diabetes Federation programme of work. I returned to Newcastle University in 2006 as Professor Epidemiology, and was joint head of the Newcastle University WHO Collaborating Centre for Diabetes. I moved in August 2010 to the University of the West Indies - a University where I'd previously spent time (at its Mona, Jamaica, Campus) as a medical student and junior doctor.

Academic positions:

Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Research interests:

Most of my research to date has concerned the epidemiology and public health impact of chronic non-communicable diseases, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease, in both low and higher income settings. Much of the work has been intended to inform public health policy. I am keen to continue these interests, including better understanding of the macro social determinants of chronic diseases in low and middle income settings, and in particular the role of policy measures in reducing the risk of these diseases.

What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

Its an approach to scientific publishing whose time has come. It provides the equity access to publishing and reading that is possible, but still little realized for science, with internet publishing. Key to its success will be promoting a culture of serious, respectful, peer review and debate, and that is down to all of us contributing to this initiative.

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