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NOVEMBER 25, 2022
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

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8:00 - 9:20 AM


Professor Donald T. Simeon

Director, Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development

Opening Remarks

Professor Terence Seemungal

Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Presentation by Feature Speaker

The Climate Crisis: Implications for both Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases Professor Jonathan Patz

Professor Jonathan Patz

John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Address by Minister of Health, T&T

The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh

Minister of Health, Trinidad and Tobago


Dr Colwick Wilson

President, University of the Southern Caribbean

Professor Prakash Persad

President, University of Trinidad and Tobago

Professor Indar Ramnarine

Deputy Principal, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine


Dr Faith B.Yisrael

Secretary, Health, Wellness & Social Protection, Tobago House of Assembly

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9:25 - 10:20 AM

O1 | Timing of Surgery following SARS-CoV-2 Infection: An International Prospective Cohort Study

Shane Charles for COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative, NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery, Birmingham, UK

O2 | Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Antibiotic Prescribing amongst Doctors for Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in Non-Pregnant, Pre-Menopausal Women

Ayanah Mohamed, Aleema Mohammed, Alia Mohammed, Antenor Mohammed, Brittney Mohammed, Chelsea Mohammed, Shaquille Mitchell, Shalini Pooransingh, Rajeev P. Nagassar

O3 | Microbial Safety of Aquaponic Produce Grown in Trinidad and Tobago

Anil K. Persad, Austin Stankus, Anjan Nanan, Lisa Benjamin, Karla Georges, Renata Clarke 

O4 | Assessing the Potential for a Malaria Outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago due to Migrant Population Movement for the Period 2009-2019

Reshma Narinesingh-Motie, Marsha A Ivey, Jeffrey Edwards

Question and Answer Session 1

10:20 - 11:35 AM

Break / Poster Session 1

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11:35 AM - 12:30 PM

O5 | Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in a Primary Care Setting, East Trinidad, 2018-2020

Artee Bridgelal-Gonzales

O6 | The Sex Independent Angle of Type 2 Diabetes

Shivananda Nayak, Gavaskar Ramnanansingh

O7 | The Effectiveness of Telemedicine on the Management of Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Hypertension and Coronary Heart Disease) at the ERHA during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jessie Gopaulsingh, Zada Gopee, Roneice Gould, Anique Gray, Kishan Harripersad, Rachael Harripersad, Nalini Heeralal, Raveed Khan

O8 | The Disease Burden of Beta Thalassemia Major on Blood Banks at a Tertiary Institution in Trinidad and Tobago

Jethora J Bailey, Josiann MJ Baker-Rosaria, Saschim N Balkaran, Navita S Balkissoon, Cherisse NS Bando, Ariana MJ Baptiste, Marie-Claire R Barcant, Miguel M Basdeo, Kenneth Charles

Question and Answer Session 2

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12:35 - 12:55 PM

Sponsored Talk


"How can EBSCO’s Clinical Decisions Tools Support Education and Research Activities?"

Benedita Menezes – Director, International Customer Success, Clinical Decisions

EBSCO Information Services

Question and Answer for Sponsor

12:55 - 1:55 PM


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2:00 – 2:45 PM

O9 | Barriers and Associated Factors Affecting the Uptake of Cataract Surgery among the Adult Population over the Age of Forty in Trinidad and Tobago

Patrick Campbell, Kayla Carreira, Graham Carvalho, Kirstin Charles, Tiffany Chatoo, Alyssa Chin Aleong, Stefan Choy, Angelina Christopher, Kingsley K Ekemiri

O11 | Association of CYP2C19*2 and CYP2C19*3 Allelic Variants with Clopidogrel Resistance in Cardiovascular Disease Patients in Trinidad

Daniele Jones, Naveen Seecheran, Rajini Haraksingh

O12 | Prebiotic Improves Cutaneous Microcirculation Irrespective of Caloric Intake

Timmy Ramnanansingh, A Lewis, Shamjeet Singh, Fareed Youssef, Christine Carrington, Jonas Addae

Question and Answer Session 3

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2:45 – 3:05 PM

Sponsored Talk


"Diabetes in Pregnancy National Screening and Management Programme"

Dr Roma Bridgelel-Nagassar

Ministry of Health / TT Moves

Question and Answer for Sponsor

3:05 - 4:05 PM

Break / Poster Session 2

4:10 - 5:05 PM

O13 | Adolescent Suicide: An Analysis of Gender & Ethnicity Differences in Reported Attempted Suicides, Completed Suicides, and Methods of Suicide in Trinidad & Tobago

Jamila N.C. Francis, William P. Furlonge, Rajiv C. Gangoo, Elizabeth S. Ganpat, Jelani J. George, Sachin B. George, Tonisse V.S. George, Ivana A. Gonzalez Ibrahim, Katija L. Khan

O14 | The Role of Mental Illness in Contributing to Homelessness in Trinidad and Tobago

Keisha Lewis, Samantha Glasgow

O15 | The Knowledge, Attitudes, Perception and Beliefs (KAPB) on Sexual Education and Sexual Practices among Young Adults Attending University in Trinidad and Tobago

Stephanie S. Ellis, Maryam B. F. Emamdee, Siddiqa B. F. Emamdee, Gabrielle M. Evans, Akiela J. Eversley, Oluchi C. Ezenwaka, Maria N. R. Fernandes, Jesse J. C. Ferrier, Satish Jankie, Shamjeet Singh

016 | Determinants of the Intentions of Health Care Workers towards the Provision of Family Planning Services to Patients Aged 18 Years and Older in Eastern Trinidad

Chidiebere Ezeanya, Marsha A. Ivey

Question and Answer Session 4

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5:15 - 6:30 PM

Feature Speaker 2

"My Life in Medical Research"

Professor Terence Seemungal

Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The UWI, St. Augustine

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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