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UWI Solutions for Developing Countries (SODECO) is a new research entity headquartered on the UWI Mona Campus. UWI SODECO focuses on the global explosion of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Its primary research goal in medicine is discovery of previously unidentified mechanisms that lead to obesity and the cardio-metabolic diseases especially those pathways to disease that can inform novel treatments and preventive strategies. Its research is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health in the USA, as well as endowments from the private sector through the UWI Development and Endowment Fund.

SODECO research is carried out in the UWI SODECO Clinical and Basic Science Laboratories at Mona as well as in Ghana, Singapore, New Zealand and the United States in the laboratories of its international network of scientific collaborators. UWI SODECO has a second pillar or research under its roof; research to provide evidence based, practical solutions to socio-economic problems to increase wealth and promote health. The current focus is a national level programme to devise strategies to increase the contribution of science to economic growth.

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The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Jamaica, H.E. Dong Xiaojun, paid a courtesy call on the Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald on June 16, 2014.  The Ambassador and the Principal discussed the latest developments on the Campus. Mr.

Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, has commended the work being done at UWI Solutions for Developing Countries (UWI SODECO), a trans-discipline research entity, pursuing solutions to medical and broader socio-economic problems affecting small and

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Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is defined as progressive age related involuntary loss of muscle mass and function.  Between the ages of 50 and 80, muscle mass is...

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Epigenetic Pathways For Stunting -...

Forty percent of the world’s children under five years old are stunted, and this carries with it disadvantage in school performance and economic...

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Modeling the Epidemiologic...

As populations get more secure access to food and emerge from intergenerational undernutrition, they go rapidly to the opposite extreme of...

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UWI SODECO State of the Art...

A critical component for making discoveries of mechanistic pathways to obesity and cardio-metabolic disease is the laboratory capability to...

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Stroke - Reversing the Risk of...

Stroke is a leading cause of disability. One quarter of patients who have a first stroke have another within 5 years; this increased risk is...

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