Former Senior Lecturer in
Epidemiology and Public Health at The UWI, Dr. T. Alafia Samuels took up duties as Director of the CDRC on December 1, 2015. Dr. Samuels, who is also the Deputy
Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, brings a wealth of experience to the field of environmental and policy approaches in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Her appointment cements the functional merger between the CDRC and the Public Health group (PHG) into the centre for population health sciences; the mission of which is to complete the journey from surveillance
and epidemiology to population level health intervention, informed policy and economic evaluation.