CVD Health in Trinidad and Tobago


utt amalia hosein international patentMr. Ronnie Bissessar, Member at Large of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation, shared that the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a novel system and method for deriving personalised cardiovascular disease risk assessments in Trinidad and Tobago.  International cvd risk calculators were shown to have an accuracy of only 50-60% when applied to Trinidad and Tobago.  Dr. Amalia Hosein (shown here with Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy, President, UTT), UTT's first Ph.D. graduate in Biomedical Engineering and her team developed a novel system and method specifically for Trinidad and Tobago, which increased this accuracy to 90%.  It is exciting to think about the implications that this new system might have on cvd risk factor calculators for other specific populations in the Latin American and Caribbean region.