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Deputy Principal Appointed

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, September 14, 2015

Former Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Professor Clive Landis has been appointed the new deputy principal of Cave Hill campus. He assumed office today, September 14th 2015, succeeding Professor Pedro Welch.

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Professor Landis relocated to UWI Cave Hill from Imperial College London in January 2004, immediately adapting his vascular research to tackling some of the most dreaded ailments currently ravaging the region including diabetic foot, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. A multiple award-winning researcher, his academic contribution in the near 12 years since joining the UWI family has been stellar.

Acknowledging that he was “humbled” by the opportunity to serve in a higher capacity, Professor Landis said he looked forward to building stronger relations and improving campus relevance within the wider community, building long term collaborations with the government and ensuring equal access to university education.

He said: “I will bring many positive experiences into the job from my time at the CDRC, particularly the friendships and collaborations fostered between the Ministry of Health in Barbados and UWI in the areas of chronic disease and HIV.

“I am privileged to serve as honorary director of the government HIV laboratory, from where I have been able to witness how much the UWI and Ministry of Health have achieved together in expanding the laboratory sector, through international accreditation, scientific recognition and inward investment. My experience with fundraising and expanding of graduate studies will inform an approach to student affairs at Cave Hill centered on a belief for equitable access by students to a good tertiary education. I look forward to the opportunities as deputy principal to serve my community and country and look forward to engage constructively with the public, students, Cave Hill staff, government and the private sector.”

In welcoming the appointment, Principal of Cave Hill Professor Eudine Barriteau expressed her personal delight, adding that Professor Landis will greatly strengthen Cave Hill’s senior management team.

She noted that he already serves on a number of regional committees including the Board for Undergraduate Studies (BUS), University Appointments Committee (UAC), Board for Graduate Studies and Research (BGSR)‎, and Finance and General Purpose Committee (FGPC). She noted further that his background in medical research, his networks within the health and medical comm‎unity and his commitment to having Cave Hill attain the pinnacle of research and student growth are assets which she highly values in his new post as deputy principal.

Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Dr. Landis earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Birmingham University, UK, in 1983, a Master of Science in Microbiology from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1986, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1990.

He completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Cancer Research UK before accepting an appointment as The British Heart Foundation Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at Imperial College London in 1996.

Dr. Landis met and married his Barbadian wife, Julie, in 1994 and was no doubt destined to end up in Barbados. The couple has three children, Matthew, Christopher and Nicholas, and the family relocated to Barbados in 2003.

Dr. Landis was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the CDRC where he founded the Edmund Cohen Laboratory for Vascular Research in 2004. By the time of its 10th Anniversary the Edmund Cohen Laboratory had established itself as the leading vascular research laboratory in the Caribbean with over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications.

Professor Landis also founded the Immunology PhD program at Cave Hill in 2008 and supervises three PhD students at various stages of completion. He had already supervised and graduated ten PhD students from Imperial College London and he has put this experience of graduate supervision into an e-book “Getting Over the Thesis Barrier” published in 2013.

In 2009, Dr. Landis was appointed to a Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the CDRC, a reflection of his research interests in the areas of inflammation and wound healing in surgery and disease. Professor Landis’s research has been recognized with awards, including the Marvin Levin MD Award, by the American Diabetes Association, in Washington DC, 2006, The Principal’s Award for Excellence in 2009, and The Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2010. He has been invited to deliver distinguished lectures at conferences in the field of inflammation in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Professor Landis was appointed as Director of the CDRC in 2013. In addition to his UWI duties, he has taken on national and regional leadership roles. He serves as the Honorary Director of the government HIV Laboratory in which capacity he has led the laboratory to re-certification by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) in 2013 and 2015. It should be noted that the government HIV laboratory thereby joins an elite club of just 340 labs outside of the USA to gain CAP accreditation, and the first in the Caribbean.

Also in the HIV field, Professor Landis has served as Chairman of the National HIV/AIDS Commission (NHAC) Research Committee since 2010. In 2006 he founded and still serves as President of a professional society, The Caribbean Cytometry & Analytical Society (CCAS), which is concerned with building diagnostic laboratory capacity in the HIV sphere in the Caribbean. CCAS is a charitable organization staffed entirely by volunteers from the UWI, the Ministry of Health, and the private sector. All funds raised go towards organizing workshops that rotate through the region and these have trained well over 1000 regional health professionals. Still in the diagnostic sphere, Dr. Landis serves as Associate Editor for the Wiley scientific journal Clinical Cytometry.

Professor Landis is a practicing Catholic and is Chairman of the Marian Retreat House at Verdun, which he wants everyone to know is a peaceful retreat centre in the rural parish of St. John open to anyone from any denomination or country.










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