Dr. Roopchand Martin is currently the Head of the Mona Academy of Sport, in the newly established Faculty of Sport at the University of the West Indies. She is a Physical Therapist who has been involved in clinical practice, research and teaching in Physical Therapy since 1998. Her areas of research in physical therapy includes videogaming application in rehabilitation and power training in athletes.
Dr. Roopchand-Martin obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Science degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Ethics with Research Ethics specialization from Clarkson University, New York. She currently chairs the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) regional Research Ethics Committee and her area of interest in research ethics is centred around payment of research participants and informed consent for research. She was a graduate from the first cohort of candidates enrolled in the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative, a Fogarty funded programme to increase research ethics capacity in the Caribbean region. Dr. Roopchand-Martin also completed a research internship with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.
Mr. Colin O’Keiffe is the (Acting) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Antigua & Barbuda. A trained statistician, he was formerly the Head of the Health Information Division in the Ministry of Health, Antigua. He holds a B.Sc. in Management and Computer Studies from the University of Technology in Jamaica, and a M.Sc.(Hons) in Management of Technology from Murray State University in the USA. Mr. O’Keiffe also hold a post graduate diploma in research ethics obtained through the Fogarthy-funded Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative (CREEi) programme between Clarkson University in the USA and St. Georges University in Grenada.
Mr. O’Keiffe is a part-time lecturer in research, informatics, and statistics with the University of Health Sciences Antigua School of Nursing. Further, he is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Antigua & Barbuda, and is currently also serving on the regional research ethics committee (REC) provided by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). At the inauguration of the Caribbean Network of Research Ethics Committees (CANREC) in March 2016, Mr. O’Keiffe was elected by the Chairs of the RECs/IRBs in the region to serve on the Executive of CANREC.
Dr. Sherry Ephraim-Le Compte graduated with honours as a Dental Surgeon from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cienfuegos, Cuba. She subsequently spent 2 years working in Anguilla while doing a clinical research programme with the University of Liverpool, UK, for which she obtained a post graduate diploma. On her return to her home country of Saint Lucia, Dr. Ephraim-Le Compte was appointed as the Senior Dental Surgeon in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and has retained this portfolio for the past 8 years concurrently with her private practice.
In 2009, she was appointed to serve on the Medical and Dental Council of St. Lucia, and was subsequently elected Chairperson, a position she still currently holds. In addition, she maintains the position of Chair of its Research Ethics Committee which became operational in 2011. Dr. Le Compte also obtained an Advanced Certificate in Research Ethics through a Fogarthy funded scholarship under the CREEi programme with Clarkson University and St. Georges University. She is a member of the Bioethics Society of the English Speaking Caribbean (BSEC), and in March 2016 she attended the inaugural meeting for the establishment and ratification of CANREC, to which she was elected as a member of the Executive in November 2017 .
Dr. Mike Campbell is a Lecturer in Behavioural Science/Psychology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, where he chairs the Campus HIV and AIDS Response Programme. Dr. Campbell is also the Chair of the UWI, Cave Hill and the Barbados Ministry of Health Research Ethics Committee. He is also a member of the CARPHA Research Ethics Committee. He received a BA in Psychology/Latin American Studies from New College of Florida, a MSc in Geography from Florida State University, and a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Florida.
Dr. Campbell has authored or co-authored several publications and presentations in the areas of psychometrics, bioethics, and health psychology. He is Past-president of the Barbados Society of Psychology, and holds practice credentials in Barbados, the USA (Florida), and the UK, where he is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Dr. Campbell currently serves on the CANREC Executive, is the Vice-chair of the CARPHA Research Ethics Committee, and Editor of the CANREC Bulletin.
Ms. Janet Hall is an Attorney-at-law and the legal adviser to the Public Hospitals Authority in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. She has a General Certificate of Education (UK), a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Arts & Health Science from Ball State University in the USA. Her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) was obtained from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, and she was called to the British Bar (Middle Temple) in 2001. Her Master’s in Law (Medical) with commendation, was obtained from the University of Northumbria in the UK.
Ms. Hall has been serving as the legal adviser and IRB Administrator to the Research Ethics Committee of the UWI /Public Health Authority since 2008, and as legal adviser to the Secretariat of the Bahamas Stem Cell Committee since 2012. She is also serving on the regional Research Ethics Committee provided by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and was elected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee for CANREC at the inauguration workshop for the Chairs of RECs/IRBs across the Caribbean in March 2016.