Annual Oscar Jordan Medical Symposium June 27, 5pm @ UWI

The Barbados Diabetes Foundation presents the

3rd Annual Oscar Jordan Medical Symposium 2019 – CME Seminar

“Approaches to Diabetes Prevention: A New Paradigm of Care”

Guest Speaker: Dr. Simone Spence, Director of Health Promotion & Protection Branch in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Jamaica

Thursday, 27 June 2019

5.00-6.30pm Pre-event Cocktail, 6.30-9.00pm Lecture

Lecture Theatre 4, CLICO Building, UWI, Cave Hill, St. Michael

~Free Event ~ Must RSVP~

Event Brief

The Annual Oscar Jordan Medical Symposium is held to observe the life and work of the late Oscar Jordan, Endocrinologist and co-founder of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation. Dr. Jordan worked tirelessly to promote the highest quality of health care in diabetes, a major problem in Barbados and throughout the West Indies.

The 2019 event aims to highlight the need for a strong emphasis on actively addressing diabetes prevention as an area of national priority. Only such a proactive approach, which invariably will encompass measures to address obesity, metabolic syndrome and healthier lifestyle choices, will curb the tidal wave of diabetes and other NCDs Barbados is experiencing. Though known that the effort should span all ages and generations, a special emphasis will be placed on childhood obesity prevention and the lessons that can be learned from such efforts in Jamaica. Brief presentations will also be made by the Chronic Disease Research Centre, Breast Feeding and Child Nutrition Foundation and other entities.

This is a free event and health care professionals are especially invited. RSVP at or contact Hibiscus Health Caribbean at; 246-269-6183/ 253-9384.





Time Agenda
5:00-6:30 Display Hall


Partner Associations

6:30-6:37 Opening and Address – Representative, Faculty of Medical Sciences
6:37-6:45 Address Healthy Caribbean Coalition
6:45-7:00 The multifactorial interplay between Obesity and Diabetes Prevention

Dr. Brathwaite – The Barbados Diabetes Foundation

7:00-7:15 Update on The Barbados  Diabetes Prevention Program: Pilot Findings and Challenges

Dr. Joseph Herbert – Diabetes Prevention Study

7:15-7:30 The Impact of Breastfeeding on Diabetes Prevention

Dr. Alison Bernard -The Breast Feeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados

7:30-7:45 Unhealthy weights in children: what it means for our future and theirs

Dr. Natasha Sobers- George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre

7:45-8:30 Childhood Obesity Prevention – The Jamaica Model

Dr. Simone Spence- Director of Health Promotion and Protection Branch

Ministry of Health of Jamaica

8:30-8:45 Panel Discussion
8:45-8:50 Recognition of Service Award
8:50-8:55 Presentation to Family and Speakers
8:55-9:00 Vote of Thanks and Close

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