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NOVEMBER 17, 2023
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

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8:00 - 9:15 AM


Opening Remarks


Presentation by Feature Speaker

Address by Minister of Health, T&T

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9:20 - 10:20 AM

O1 | Mpox in Trinidad: Clinical Features of the First Two Cases

Jeffrey Edwards

O2 | Patient-Reported Outcome Measures, One-Year after COVID-19: A Cohort Study in South Trinidad, 2020-2021 

Kavita Dharamraj, Shastri Motilal

O3 | Complementary and Alternative Medicine Views and Practices for the Treatment of COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Analysis in Eastern Trinidad, 2022

Saskah D Thompson, Artee Bridgelal 

O4 | Pythiosis: An Emerging Disease of Dogs in Trinidad and Tobago

Karelma Frontera-Acevedo, Lana Gyan, Rod Suepaul, Stacy Rajh, Devina Supersad, Alissa Bally, Indira Pargass

Question and Answer Session 1

10:20 - 11:30 AM

Break / Poster Session 1

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

O5 | Modeling the Cost of Renal Replacement Therapy in Trinidad and Tobago

Henry Bailey, Sharlene Sanchez, Surujpal Teelucksingh

O6 | A Pilot Study to Measure Patient Satisfaction and Medical Compliance among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients Utilizing the Public Healthcare System in Trinidad and Tobago

Candace Kendall-Map, Jeffery Edwards

O7 | The Negative Experiences of Fat Women Accessing Healthcare in Trinidad and Tobago

Keisha C. Samlal

O8 | Evaluating the Quality of Life of Renal Transplant Patients in Trinidad and Tobago using the Kidney Transplant Questionnaire and EuroQol EQ-5D-3L Instrument

Sharlene Sanchez, Henry Bailey, Surujpal Teelucksingh

Question and Answer Session 2

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12:35 - 12:55 PM

Sponsored Talk

Question and Answer for Sponsor

12:55 - 1:50 PM


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1:50 – 2:50 PM

O9 | Molecular Diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease in Trinidadian Families vs Triplet Repeat Primed PCR and Fragment Analysis

Shavana N. Rajkumar, Chris Gyan, Damion Basdeo, Rajini R. Haraksingh

O10 | Viral Metagenomics using the SMART-9N Approach to Screen for Viruses in Animal and Human Tissues

Anushka Ramjag, Soren Nicholls, Ingra M. Claro, Filipe Romero Rebello Moreira, Graham Simmons, Nuno R. Faria, Christine Carrington

O11 | Evidence to Support CYP2C19 Genotype-guided Antiplatelet Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease Patients in Trinidad

Daniele Jones, Shana Persad-Ramdeensingh , Naveen Seecheran, Rajini Haraksingh

O12 | A Retrospective Study of the Antimicrobial Profiles of Bacterial Isolates Recovered from Food-Producing Animals Presenting at the Large Animal Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, the University of the West Indies

Kristen C. Jaggernath, Racquel A. Oakley, Christian L. Paul, Marc A. Driscoll, Michael J. Morris, Anil K. Persad

Question and Answer Session 3

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2:55 – 3:15 PM

Sponsored Talk

Question and Answer for Sponsor

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Break / Poster Session 2

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4:15 - 5:15 PM

O13 | Cannabis Use and Psychotic Disorders in Trinidad, India and Nigeria: Findings from the International Programme of Research on Psychotic Disorders (INTREPID) II

Joni Lee Pow, Casswina Donald, Marta di Forti, Tessa Roberts, Helen A. Weiss, Olatunde Ayinde, Sujit John, Bola Olley, Akin Ojagbemi, Georgina Miguel Esponda, Joseph Lam, Paramasivam Poornachandrika, Paola Dazzan, Fiona Gaughran, Palaniyandi Ponnusamy Kannan, Selvaraju Sudhakar, Jonathan Burns, Bonginkosi Chiliza, INTREPID Group, Alex Cohen, Oye Gureje, Rangaswamy Thara, Robin M. Murray, Craig Morgan, Gerard Hutchinson

O14 | Assessing Readiness for Change Among Mental Health Care Providers (MHPs) Towards the Implementation of Community-Based Mental Health Services (CBMHS) in Trinidad and Tobago

Shelly-Ann Hunte, Kershelle Barker, Whitney Arneaud, Michael Pierre, Claudine Sheppard, Carol Wiseman, Oscar Ocho

O15 | The Economic Burden of Dementia on the Household in Trinidad and Tobago 

Althea D La Foucade, Gershwin K Davis, Nelleen Baboolal, Christine Laptiste, Haleema Ali, Don Bethelmie, Vyjanti Beharry

016 | The Epidemiology of Untreated Psychoses in Three Global South Settings: Findings from the International Programme of Research on Psychotic Disorders

Craig Morgan, Alex Cohen, Georgina Miguel Esponda, Tessa Roberts, Sujit John, Joni Lee Pow, Casswina Donald, Bola Olley, Olatunde Ayinde, Joseph Lam, Paramasivam Poornachandrika, Paola Dazzan, Fiona Gaughran, Palaniyandi Ponnusamy Kannan, Selvaraju Sudhakar, Jonathan Burns, Bonginkosi Chiliza, Ezra Susser, Helen A. Weiss, Robin M. Murray, Rangaswamy Thara, Oye Gureje, Gerard Hutchinson

Question and Answer Session 4

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5:20 - 6:30 PM

Feature Speaker 2

Question and Answer for Feature Speaker

Awards & Prizes


  • Early Career Researcher Prize

  • Student Researcher Prize

  • Best Oral Presentation

  • Best Poster Presentation

  • Conference Delegates’ Choice - Best Poster


Lifetime Research Achievement Award

Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks

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