The Faculty prides itself in its research activity, as it continues to increase its output each year. There has been a striking increase in the enrolment of graduate students in various MPhil and PhD programmes in the Faculty, and the DM programme continues to be very popular.
The research in the Faculty covers a wide range of topics and disciplines. They include studies on the human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1), now in their twentieth year; research into the major cancers affecting the population, i.e., cancers of the prostate, breast, colon and blood; HIV/AIDS; substance abuse; use of open medical wards for the care of patients with acute psychoses; and the use of music on learning and aggression.
Anticipating an increase in the numbers of elderly patients during the next few decades, studies are being conducted to evaluate treatment modalities for use in elderly demented patients and the economic consequences of this development.
The focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic is reflected in our publications and in new courses being offered in the curricula.
Collaborative studies between the Section of Surgery and the School of Engineering at the University of Technology resulted in the patenting of an electromagnetic pump which will be used to train practitioners in beating heart cardiac surgery. This invention has been warmly received both locally and internationally.
Funding for the research activities independent of university grants and other support has been in excess of US$10.5 million. To illustrate: