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The University of the West Indies will focus on Health and Wellness as it celebrates its 2012 Research Days activities on January 26th and 27th. The theme this year is "Promoting Health and Wellness: The UWI Mona's Innovative Approach". This seeks to highlight UWI's achievements as a teaching and research institution that advances knowledge and understanding the factors that help or impede wellness.

One of the major highlights of this the 13th staging of Research Days will be the unveiling of the revolutionary UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator invention. This was developed by a team at the Mona campus and is poised to globally transform the teaching of cardiac surgery. Ivy League universities across the United States and Australia are already showing interest in this invention. The Launch and Demo of the Simulator will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 9:00 am at the Undercroft of the University's Senate Building.

Another highlight of the 2 day event will be the annual American Friends of Jamaica Inc and The Cobb Family Lecture Series, which will feature Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee. Dr Lyew-Ayee will be focusing on the topic of Road Safety Through Innovative Thinking and Technologies. The lecture takes place on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. also at the Undercroft.

Research Days 2012 will conclude with a gala awards function on Friday January 27, where presentations will be made to the most outstanding researchers for 2011.

Research Days 2012 is an excellent forum which provides an opportunity for dialogue between researchers and students, potential investors/research collaborators, business leader policy makers locally, regionally and internationally.

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