Published June 30, 2017
SUNY Distinguished Professor Gene Morse, ’80 & ’83, participated in a panel discussion on “A Healthy Caribbean” at Caribbean Action 2030.
Caribbean Action 2030 is a conference to advance and accelerate regional action on a comprehensive blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet—the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Morse is co-author, along with Jeffrey Lombardo, associate director of the Empire State Patient Safety Assurance Network and research assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Brian Tsuji, associate professor, pharmacy practice, on an abstract entitled "Dual University System Health Research Partnership as a Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals."
The abstract discusses the collaboration between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the State University of New York (SUNY) to develop an integrated approach to SDGs. The synopsis identified research and education priorities, the highest being an infectious disease research center, a clinical research center, an antimicrobial resistance and stewardship program, and a liver, kidney and metabolic disease program. Cannabinoid sciences and a joint effort in cancer research, natural products and nanotechnology to identify indigenous compounds and develop nanomedicine were also noted key areas.
Caribbean Action 2030 is a major event for Caribbean countries, particularly the eighteen countries that are signatories of the United Nations Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF) for the Caribbean region. More than 200 delegates, including high-level ministers and technical experts from 18 Caribbean countries, attended this year's conference, held in Kingston, Jamaica, June 28-30, 2017.