Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health


Professor Terrence Forrester

Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Professor Forrester, MBBS, DM, FRCP, PhD, is Chief Scientist for University of the West Indies Solutions for Developing Countries (SODECO) and Professor of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies. He is a clinical scientist with a longstanding interest in the etiology and pathogenesis of obesity and cardiovascular disease, primarily hypertension. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications.

He is the founding Director of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute and spearheaded the merger of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit, Sickle Cell Unit, and the Epidemiology Research Unit on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and the Chronic Disease Research Centre at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

The University of the West Indies SODECO has two divisions – Solutions for Medicine and Solutions for Society – the latter an emerging think tank. Solutions for Society collaborates with the Jamaican Government to develop a strategy to use science and technology through innovation systems to drive the economy in low- and low-middle-income small countries such as Jamaica.

Professor Forrester has received several awards for his work. In 2003, he received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research at the University of the West Indies. In 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence, one of the Region’s leading recognition programmes. That same year, the inaugural Caribbean Laureate also earned the Boehrigher Ingleheim Award for Hypertension Research in Developing Countries. In 2012, he was awarded National Honors, the Order of Jamaica, for services to research.

Professor Forrester has served in an advisory capacity to several health organizations, including the Caribbean Community’s Caribbean Commission of Health and Development, the Caribbean Health Research Council, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Society of Hypertension, the Pan American Health Organization (Advisory Committee on Health Research), the United Kingdom Medical Research Council, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.