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UWI Expands its Cadre of Professors | Professor Rachael Irving

Professor Irvin

Professor Irving served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at The UWI Mona. According to one external assessor she “has long established a track record as a researcher and teacher.” A biochemist, experienced medical technologist and a recognised world anti-doping researcher, her broad areas of academic specialisation include atypical diabetes, metabolic pathways, sport testing and cardiovascular sufficiency studies, anti-doping research and atypical analytical findings in racial groups. Professor Irving has contributed significantly to the investigation of atypical diabetes in persons of African, East Indian and Hispanic descents as well as to sport studies and testing including the factors impacting the remarkable performance of Jamaican athletes in sprint events.

She gained her Diploma in Medical Technology (1986) from the University of Technology before a BSc, Biochemistry/Computing (1993) and PhD Biochemistry (2005) from The UWI. Professor Irving has attended training workshops and professional courses consistently over the past two decades. As an academic she has supervised three PhD and three MPhil candidates and garnered upwards of US$300,000.00 in research grants.

Professor Irving has collaborated with industry leaders and published widely including in some eminent journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. Her published work comprises 37 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 13 abstracts, five technical reports, 11 posters, 29 conference presentations, three books and a book chapter. Professor Irving is a sought-after expert in the field of Sport Medicine and has commented on topics including athlete performance and anti-doping. She has been published 30 times in regional and international newspapers and special interest magazines and has appeared frequently in the media including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and US’ National Public Radio (NPR).

In 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Professor Irving convened and organised Anti-doping in Sport workshops and forums partnering with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Jamaican Government, The UWI, the Jamaican Bar Association, private sector sponsors and numerous international industry experts. In 2013 she was invited as Special Observer by the World Anti-doping Agency to the World Anti-doping Code Changing (WAD-c) Conference in South Africa. Professor Irving has served on the American College of Sports Medicine Anti-doping Committee (2009–2014) and was a member of its Diversity Committee. Since 2016 she has been serving the public, first as a Board Director of the Jamaican Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) and currently as Board Member of the Jamaican Anti-doping Compliance Committee.

Professor Irving served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at The UWI Mona. According to one external assessor she “has long established a track record as a researcher and teacher.” A biochemist, experienced medical technologist and a recognised world anti-doping researcher, her broad areas of academic specialisation include atypical diabetes, metabolic pathways, sport testing and cardiovascular sufficiency studies, anti-doping research and atypical analytical findings in racial groups. Professor Irving has contributed significantly to the investigation of atypical diabetes in persons of African, East Indian and Hispanic descents as well as to sport studies and testing including the factors impacting the remarkable performance of Jamaican athletes in sprint events.

She gained her Diploma in Medical Technology (1986) from the University of Technology before a BSc, Biochemistry/Computing (1993) and PhD Biochemistry (2005) from The UWI. Professor Irving has attended training workshops and professional courses consistently over the past two decades. As an academic she has supervised three PhD and three MPhil candidates and garnered upwards of US$300,000.00 in research grants.

Professor Irving has collaborated with industry leaders and published widely including in some eminent journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. Her published work comprises 37 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 13 abstracts, five technical reports, 11 posters, 29 conference presentations, three books and a book chapter. Professor Irving is a sought-after expert in the field of Sport Medicine and has commented on topics including athlete performance and anti-doping. She has been published 30 times in regional and international newspapers and special interest magazines and has appeared frequently in the media including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and US’ National Public Radio (NPR).

In 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Professor Irving convened and organised Anti-doping in Sport workshops and forums partnering with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Jamaican Government, The UWI, the Jamaican Bar Association, private sector sponsors and numerous international industry experts. In 2013 she was invited as Special Observer by the World Anti-doping Agency to the World Anti-doping Code Changing (WAD-c) Conference in South Africa. Professor Irving has served on the American College of Sports Medicine Anti-doping Committee (2009–2014) and was a member of its Diversity Committee. Since 2016 she has been serving the public, first as a Board Director of the Jamaican Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) and currently as Board Member of the Jamaican Anti-doping Compliance Committee.

 


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