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Paediatric HIV/AIDS to take spotlight at UWI lecture

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

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FACTS, advances, controversies and evolution of paediatric HIV/AIDS in Jamaica will be examined when Professor Russell Pierre delivers his inaugural lecture this Thursday at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona.

Professor Pierre, who serves as deputy dean of student affairs and a programme director in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona, will examine the critical developments in the national response to paediatric HIV/AIDS in the 30 years the disease has confronted the Jamaican medical community and the wider society.

Widely hailed as a pioneer in the fight against paediatric HIV/AIDS in Jamaica, Professor Pierre will examine the critical developments that arose out of local operational research, considered to be the benchmark for the Caribbean region.

The lecture will cover the impacts of this research, including the significant reduction in paediatric HIV-attributable morbidity and mortality as well as influences on teaching, public health, outreach and policy implementation.

The presentation, entitled 'Circle of Life', will incorporate the unique blend of professional and personal issues which Professor Pierre encountered working in the field for more than two decades. Throughout his medical career Dr Pierre has spearheaded, through collaboration, extensive research in paediatric HIV/AIDS. He was appointed to the rank of Professor of Paediatrics in October 2012.

"I will be looking at the evolution of paediatric aids in Jamaica from the earliest cases to the current point and the work we have done in collaboration with the Public and Private Sector and the influences of international and regional partners," Professor Pierre said.

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