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The University of the West Indies, Mona is pleased to announce the promotion of Senior Lecturer in the Sickle Cell Unit, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Dr. Jennifer Knight-Madden, to the rank of Professor with effect from May 28, 2014.
Dr. Knight-Madden holds the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree with Honours in Community Health from The University of the West Indies, Mona, the Master of Science in Biometry from Duke University Medical College and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from King’s College, University of London. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics (1993) and Pediatric Pulmonology (1997) by the American Board in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Pediatrics, 1994).  
Dr.Knight-Madden joined the staff of the Sickle Cell Unit, Jamaica (MRC, UK) in 1997 and the Tropical Medicine Research Institute in 1999 as Lecturer/Research Fellow and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007. She was appointed Director of the Sickle Cell Unit in 2013. 
Jennifer Knight-Madden has developed a strong clinical and research specialty in sickle cell disease and particularly the effects of the disease on the lung. She is recognized internationally as sickle cell disease expert, particularly regarding the pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease, including Acute Chest Syndrome and wheezing/asthma. 
As a researcher she has a substantial body of original work, with some 42 articles in peer-reviewed journals including the British Medical Journal, Thorax, Chest and the Cochrane Database Systemic Reviews. These papers have been cited at least 700 times in the medical literature, a testament to the high quality of the journals in which they have appeared. She also has two chapters in highly regarded books. Professor Knight-Madden has also presented her research work at several academic regional and international conferences and was invited to speak at a plenary session at the 2012 American Thoracic Society Annual Research Meeting. One of her presentations was recognized by the Principal’s Award for the Best Publication in the Faculty of Medical Sciences in 2006.
As a teacher, Professor Knight-Madden has contributed to teaching and the clinical supervision of DM candidates and leads the pulmonology section of the paediatric curriculum. She has participated actively in the teaching of medical, nursing and physiotherapy students as part of their exposure to sickle cell disease. 

Her professional and scholarly activity includes leadership roles in the Caribbean Association for Researchers in Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia and the Sick Kids Caribbean Initiative. She has also served as President of the Caribbean Allergy and Respiratory Association. Other professional activities have included membership in the Sickle Cell Technical Working Group (Jamaica), the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3African Sickle Cell Ontology Working Group and the Advisory Council of the Shikuri Project (Kenya).  Her service to the University community includes membership on the UWI/UHWI Ethics Committee since 2010 and the Training and Strategy Committees of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute. 
She has served as the principal investigator on several grants and secured a large number of grants from local and international agencies.

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