Issue Date: Oct 31, 2003
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Improving a Nation

Bill Fortunato, Parent Advocate - IGHL, Donald Carey-Shaw, Physical Therapist -IGHL, Michael Daine (SGU), Joyce Herman, Group Home Administrator -IGHL, Barbara Carey-Shaw, Director of Clinical Services - IGHL.

Dr. Michael Daine, Director of the University Counseling Services, who chaired the steering committee for the Coalition for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), reports that SGU hosted a unique two-day workshop focused on improving the treatment of Grenadians with disabilities. A team of expert presenters provided an intensive training experience to educators, health professionals, parents, and others regarding issues related to the assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities. The team included representatives from SGU and Independent Group Home Living (IGHL), Inc., a progressive disabilities treatment organization based in Long Island. The workshop was attended by about 80 individuals from all over Grenada and was part of a whole week of activities culminating in the gala launching of the CRPD, a new joint project between SGU, IGHL, and the Grenada National Council for the Disabled.

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Pre-Med Program Award

Casey Allen, Coordinator, Baccalaureate/MD Combined Degree; Dr. Betsy McCalla-Wriggins, President of NACADA, Peter Slinger, Director, Pre-Medical Program, Thomas Day, Coordinator, Pre-Med Student Services

Faculty in the Pre-Med Program Office recently attended the 26th Annual Meeting of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) held in Dallas, Texas. Over 2,500 participants attended the conference. Mr. Peter Slinger, Director of the Pre-Medical Program, accepted the "2003 NACADA Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit Award" on behalf of St. George's University School of Medicine. This annual, international award is coveted in the advising profession. Over a thousand faculty and administrators, representing 350 universities and colleges, attended the awards ceremony held on October 4, 2003 in the Grand Ballroom of the Adam's Mark Hotel. The Program was nominated in January 2003 by Mr. Peter Slinger, Mr. Thomas Day, and Ms. Rachel Klein. Additional, invaluable, support was given by Dr. Allen Pensick, Dean of Basic and Allied Health Sciences, and Dean Margaret Lambert, University Registrar and Dean of Enrolment Planning.

Public Health News

Dr Omowale Amuleru-Marshall reports that, although he was unable to accept the invitation to attend the 20th Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Association of Public Health Educators in Brazil, Dr Douglas E. Angus from the University of Ottawa presented an independent assessment of SGU's MPH Program at the conference. Dr Angus' paper, reproduced in the full story, praised the SGU faculty responsible for the MPH Program for implementing “best practices for quality improvement” in providing postgraduate education in public health.

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The Memorial Ceremony

The Chancellor addressing the gathering

The 20th Memorial Ceremony was held on Saturday October 25 at the monument on True Blue Campus. Several of the parents of american servicemen who lost their lives in 1983 were present on the platform alongside the dignatories who included Dr Allen H. Pensick, Chairman of the University Council of Deans, His Lordship Bishop Vincent Darius, OP, DD, the US Special Envoy to the President for Western Hemisphere Initiatives, the Honourable Otto Reich, The Honourable Gregory Bowen representing the Prime Minister of Grenada, the Governor General His Excellency Sir Daniel Williams, GCMG, QC, and the Chancellor Dr Charles R. Modica. Also in attendance were the Colour Guard of the US Navy, NMCB 1 and the Royal Grenada Police Force Band.

Special Genomics Seminar

Peter A. Singer, MD, MPH, FRCPC will deliver a seminar entitled "Genomics and Global Health" at 4 pm on Friday November 7, 2003 in the WINDREF Conference Room. Dr Singer is Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics and Program leader, Canadian Program on Genomics and Global Health.
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Research Seminars on Aging

Dr Roy G. Smith, Director of the Huffington Center on Aging and Professor of Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas presented two seminars to faculty and students this week on the molecular mechanisms of age-related neuro-degenerative diseases. His seminars were entitled "Neuronal Degeneration and Regeneration" and " Alzheimer's Disease".