Dr. Nigel Unwin public health physician and researcher, with strong track record in studying the burden, prevention and control of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Much of my work has been in low and middle income country settings.
After initial training in internal medicine, I entered public health in 1988. In 1993 I was appointed as a research lecturer jointly between the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology&Public Health at the University of Newcastle, UK. It is from here that my research interests developed in the epidemiology and public health importance of diabetes and related cardiovascular risk factors. Between October 2003 and December 2005 I was a medical officer with the Diabetes Unit at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where I led a joint WHO-International Diabetes Federation programme of work. I returned to Newcastle University in 2006 as Professor Epidemiology, and was joint head of the Newcastle University WHO Collaborating Centre for Diabetes. I moved in August 2010 to the University of the West Indies (UWI) - a University I'd spent time at as a medical student and junior doctor.
At UWI I have made substantial contributions to the development of graduate training in Public Health. I continue to pursue research addressing the prevention and control of diabetes and cardiovascular disease - the need in the Caribbean for effective measures to address these conditions could hardly be greater.