OnePaper ·  Putting the community back into community news Login   
 Welcome to the BVI
 Look Inside
 Local News
 Community Notices
 IBC News
 Caribbean News
 Local Government
 Feature Stories
 The BVI
 Travel & Immigration
 BVI History
 The Arts Corner
 BVI Services
 Things To Do
 Feature Events
 BVI Cultural Dishes
 Real Estate
 BVI Vacations
 Thought For The Day
 Joke Of The Day
 Play Trivia & Win!
 Teen Time
 Contact Us

      The British Virgin Islands       OnePaper Community Edition       March 18th, 2018      
Email this Article Printer Friendly Version Login to Edit

St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation celebrates 20th Anniversary

     A major announcement is expected this weekend that the St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation will get funding from the United States Public Health Service to allow the world-class primate facility here to embark on a series of experiments to determine whether human neural stem cells can cure Parkinson's disease in monkeys.
     The announcement will be the highlight of 20th anniversary celebrations by the St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation. Several dignitaries including the Governor General, the Prime Minister, a former United States Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis are expected to participate in the celebrations this weekend.
     The primate research studies institution is holding an Open House on Saturday 27th July from 10 AM to 2 PM to allow visitors and guests to tour the facilities and to hear presentations of the 20 years of
     world-class research carried out at the primate facility at Lower Bourryeau.
     Special ceremonies will honor the many years of contributions by the local scientists and staff and will be attended by St. Kitts and Nevis Governor General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Denzil L. Douglas; former United States Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis, Her Excellency, Mrs. Jeanette Hyde; President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Dr. Patrick Aebischer; President of the Foundation, Dr. Eugene Redmond and former U.S. Students and distinguished visitors.
     Dr. Redmond and his collaborators are also celebrating 25 years of continuous grant funding for research in St. Kitts, which began on January 1, 1977, prior to the establishment of the present facilities at Lower Bourryeau.
     'During this time, many scientific discoveries and treatment breakthroughs have taken place, including the development of 'model' disorders in monkeys which can be used to study treatments for diseases, including anxiety, schizophrenic cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), ataxia telangiectasia, and nearsightedness.
     Foundation scientists carried out the first ever transplantation of brain cells for Parkinson's disease in monkeys, the first implantation of human neural stem cells, the first implantation of several vectors for gene therapy in primate brain, the development of an imaging procedure that can diagnose Parkinson's disease, and numerous other discoveries which have been recognized around the world, resulting in over 250 scientific publications between 1978 and the present time,' said Dr. Redmond in a news release.
     Dr. Redmond will announce funding of a new grant to the Foundation by the United States Public Health Service to embark on a series of experiments to determine whether human neural stem cells can cure Parkinson's diease in monkeys.
     Human Parkinson's results from unknown processes which kill dopamine cells, causing muscle rigidity, lack of coordination, difficulty moving and tremors. Human neural stem cells, which are primordial and uncommitted, can be propagated in large numbers and then safely differentiated into the necessary dopamine-producing neurons after they are injected into the brain. "The human neural stem cells migrate to populate developing or degenerating brain regions, perhaps allowing a functionally correct and effective reconstruction,' Dr. Redmond said.
     The project will be carried out in conjunction with scientists from Harvard Medical School, the University of Colorado and Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to this new grant, the Foundation has 9 other active research grant projects, participating scientists from 10 U.S. Medical Schools, and active scientists from many other countries, including Switzerland, the European Union, and China.
     Another highlight will be the presentation of special recognition to nine employees of the Foundation who have participated in the work of the Foundation for 10 to 20 years, and our two youngest
     researchers, summer interns Steve Whittiker and Zelia Archibald.
     Also receiving special recognition will be 10 former local Research Assistants and local high school students who have gone on to college and graduate studies, assisted by the Foundation.
     Dr. Redmond has expressed regrets that his adopted son Andy J. Redmond (formerly Andy Smith of Ottley's Village, St. Kitts) was unable to attend due to his duties as a resident in Neurosurgery at the Yale Medical School. Andy graduated from the Yale Medical
     School on May 29th.
     In addition to providing educational opportunities for local students to pursue careers in science, Dr. Redmond noted many other contributions to St. Kitts. 'The Lower Bourryeau Estate yard has been beautifully restored and developed into what is recognized as one of the leading primate facilities in the World. The scientific operation generates more employment in its region than the sugar industry did at its peak, and expanding research activities help to turn the large population of monkeys into a major economic and scientific asset for the world. Finally, frequent visits by scientists and students and numerous favorable mentions of the research carried out in St. Kitts in the world press also help to make our island known to potential tourists and visitors and provide economic benefits,' said Dr. Redmond.
     Dr. John Sladek, long-time collaborating scientist and Vice Chancellor of the University of Colorado in a congratulatory message to Dr. Redmond on the occasion said: 'It is my belief that St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation (SKBRF) ranks among the finest primate research facilities in the world today and has distinguished itself as a pioneering leader in translational medicine.
     Your programs on therapeutic strategies for Parkinson's disease have demonstrated clear feasibility for cellular replacement in the brain and the interventions developed at SKBRF have proven to be effective in humans. Likewise, your pioneering efforts in gene therapy and the use of neural stem cells is likely to lead to major advancements in the field of neural repair for degenerative diseases and trauma.'

Click here for More...
Bermuda to host Caribbean Investment Confab
   The annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference is reportedly the sixth largest hotel investment forum in the world.
Click here for More...
   WESTERN BUREAU: THE SPONTANEITY, spirituality, spunk and seriousness of The Mighty Sparrow brewed into a humorous whole at the clubhouse of the White Witch Golf Course on Saturday
Click here for More...
  Information for Caribbean People and Friends of the Caribbean.....Pauline Ford-Caesar
Click here for More...
October 16 is E-Day
   SPECULATION AND anxiety ended for Jamaicans last (Sunday) night when Prime Minister P.J. Patterson announced the date of the general election as Wednesday, October 16.
Click here for More...
Scholarship Award For Sun Newspaper Carrier
   Antigua SUN's Tim Payne left, presents a scholarship cheque to Damien DeSilva on behalf of Sun Printing and Publishing. (SUNphoto by Skip Lewis)
Click here for More...
St Kitts and Nevis19th Independence Anniversary
   Address to the Nation Presented by - Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Prime Minister
Click here for More...
My Last Election Race - Says Patterson
   PRIME MINISTER P.J. Patterson yesterday declared this to be his last election race. He added that he would make an exit during his next term, if his party is re-elected in the upcoming general election.
Click here for More...
Human Rights and Constitutional Issues Top Agenda At OCCBA Law Conference
   Human rights and constitutional issues will be the main focus of discussion when the Organisation of Commonwealth Bar Association (OCCBA) Law Conference is convened in St. Kitts this weekend.
Click here for More...
Ambassador Williams pays tribute to St. John Payne
   The contribution to St. Kitts and Nevis by late Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, His Excellency St. John Payne, has been hailed by the Federation's Ambassador to the United States His Excellency Dr. Izben C. Williams.
Click here for More...
Bradshaw and Moore listed in Millennium Edition
   Premiers Bradshaw and Moore Among Three Nationals Listed In Millennium Edition
Click here for More...
Canadian and Austrian Diplomats pays tribute to Ambassador Payne
   Ambassador Payne, who also served as a Minister of Government and Parliamentarian died in Canada at age 65 on August 24th. He was accorded an Official Funeral in Basseterre, the St. Kitts capital, on Wednesday 4th September.
Click here for More...
Music Festival in Dominica
Click here for More...
Expansion Plans for St. Kitts' Deep-Water Port
   Purchase of new equipment improves efficiency
  Photo -New design for cargo pier at Deep Water Port
Click here for More...
   PHOTO: Prime Minister Douglas (third from left) and former U.S. President Bill Clinton (r) in discussion at the recent International AID Conference in Barcelona, Spain
Click here for More...
St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation celebrates 20th Anniversary
Click here for More...
After 50 Years - Letter Brings Couple Together Kenneth & Phyllis Tam
   JUST over a month ago, on May 30 to be exact, a letter written by Trinidadian Kenneth Tam was published in The Gleaner. He was seeking to find an old friend, Phyllis Carrington, from his university class of 1951.
  Posted on: July 14, 2002
  Note: 'Never say Never'
Click here for More...
Three Escape Death ....... as Scaramouche Theatre Burnsclick to enlarge
   Scaramouche Theatre owner Edson Buntin is treated by paramedics after receiving burns from a fire at the theatre. Inset: Hero of the day, David Henry assisted Edson Buntin, the owner of the Scaramouche Theatre, after he escaped from the fire. Henry then braved the flames to help two children trapped in the building and brought them out to safety. (SUNphotos by Skip Lewis)
   Posted on: June 28, 2002
Click here for More...
Air Jamaica returns after four years
   After a four-year absence, Air Jamaica Flight #94 landed at V.C Bird International Airport Thursday morning on its inaugural flight from New York to Antigua to a red carpet reception.
  posted June 24, 2002
Click here for More...
‘Donald Duck’ impersonator in the Magistrate’s Court
   'Lawyers do have a heart after all.' That was a comment made in the St. John's Magistrate's Court yesterday as two attorney, Adlai Smith and Senator Gail Christian not only gave pro-bono service to a youth charged with larceny but went as far as to suggest the pooling of their resources if necessary to pay his compensation order.
  posted June 22, 2002
Click here for More...

More Articles...