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The University of the Virgin Islands will host the first edition of the Andre and Edith Galiber Medical Lecture Series Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. (AST). This first lecture series will focus on the Coronavirus.  “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Its Epidemiology, Pathology and Psychosocial Impact on our VI Community,” will be streamed live via the University’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Lecture panelists will include: Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis, Psychologist Dr. Dara Hamilton and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Tai Hunte-Caesar. Dr. Noreen Michael, research director for the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC) at UVI will serve as the lecture series moderator.  

The Andre and Edith Galiber Medical Lectures series was founded out of The Andre and Edith Rose Galiber Endowment Fund. Started by the late Edith Rose Galiber after the death of her husband, the late Dr. Andre Galiber, Sr., the endowment’s purpose is to host health lecture series and provide scholarship funding for students accepted into the UVI School of Nursing. Andre and Edith Rose Galiber both served the Virgin Islands community as medical professionals in their respective fields; Dr. Andre Galiber, Sr. as a radiologist and Edith Rose Galiber as a public health nurse. For over 15 years, Galiber worked as the territorial director of Public Health Nursing while on the island of St. Croix where she and other nurses were instrumental in operating several island clinics, aiding hundreds of families during home visits and immunizing thousands of students.   

“This inaugural lecture is a testament to the outstanding commitment Mrs. Galiber and her family has and has had in the Virgin Islands and the University,” said Mitchell Neaves, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “I can confidently say that Mrs. Galiber genuinely cared for the Virgin Islands and she wanted the endowment to benefit the community in ways that would have a lasting impact, so we hope to honor her and her family’s wishes by hosting the medical lecture series.” 

The Virgin Islands community is invited to login and learn more about COVID-19. The lecture series also serves as an opportunity for medical professionals to discuss pressing issues that affect the U.S. Virgin Islands and the world.  

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