Ms. Valerie Wilson is the Director of the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation (CMLF). She is a trained Immunologist and holds Masters Degrees in Immunology and Business Administration and has had extensive training and experience as a public health professional. Ms. Wilson began her career as one of a group of pioneers in Immunology who established Immunology services at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago in 1981. She provided tissue typing support services for the first transplants done in Trinidad and Tobago in the mid-1980s, and established regional services in Transplantation Immunology at the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre in the early 1990s.
Ms. Wendy Kitson-Piggott is a microbiologist by profession, trained at McGill University and the University of Guelph in Canada. She is currently pursuing a Professional Doctorate in Health at the University of Bath in England. She is a co-founder of the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation.
Ms. Kitson-Piggott has practised as a public health professional for some 39 years, gaining local, regional and international experience, starting as a veterinary microbiologist with the Ministry of Agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago. From there she joined the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC/PAHO/WHO), providing technical advisory services as the HIV/AIDS/STI Laboratory Advisor and Training Manager for a European-funded Project “Strengthening of Medical Laboratory Services in the Caribbean”.
Dr. Wayne Labastide is an Immunologist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, with local, regional and international experience. Through interest, experience and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Information Systems from the University of the West Indies, Institute of Business, he has evolved into an Information Systems professional, creating solutions for Public Health and Laboratory Medicine in the Caribbean.
Formerly a Lecturer in Immunology at the University of the West Indies School of Medicine at Mount Hope, Trinidad, his focus was on establishing much needed laboratory support for specialised Clinical Immunological investigations. As an associate of the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation, he continues to be involved in the shaping of Caribbean Public Health and Laboratory practice in the area of information management.
Ms. Louise Mathura is an Administrative Professional with several years experience in various areas of the administrative arena both locally and regionally. Her Administrative career has taken her from the construction sites of the Iron and Steel Company of Trinidad and Tobago (ISCOTT) to Environmental Studies at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). At UTT, she assisted in organizing, planning and implementing activities associated with a new Master’s programme in Environmental Science and Management and with Postgraduate Research degrees (M.Phil. and Ph.D.) in Socio-environmental areas and in Environmental Monitoring. Ms Mathura played a crucial role in the intake of four cohorts of students, arranging semester and teaching schedules, preparing the Programme’s validation document for accreditation, and acting as a liaison between students and instructors.
The Caribbean Med Labs Foundation, based in Trinidad and Tobago, is a non-governmental organisation established in response to a request from CARICOM Ministers of Health in June 2007. The Ministers had requested continuation of the regional effort aimed at building and sustaining the highest quality medical laboratory services.