ABOUT CCAS

1. Introduction
The Caribbean Cytometry & Analytical Society (CCAS) was founded in 2006 as a Professional Society, a sister society to the International Clinical Cytometry Society. It is registered as a Not for Profit Organization with the Barbados Charities Commissioner (Barbados charity # 660).

2. Address
Chronic Disease Research Centre
The University of The West Indies
Jemmotts Lane, Bridgetown
Barbados BB11115.
Tel: +1-246-4266416
Fax: +1-246-4268406


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3. Founders & Board of Directors
Founder and Chair: Professor Clive Landis (top row right)
President: Vera Layne (bottom row 2nd right)
Vice-President: Professor Akin Abayomi (not pictured)
Treasurer: Namrata Sippy Chatrani (bottom row right)
Secretary: Melissa Abed (not pictured)
PRO: Andre Greenidge (top row left)
Curriculum Chair: Dr. Kim Quimby (bottom row 2nd left)
Fundraising Chair: Lourdes Soriano-Rouco (bottom row left)

5. Workshops
- From a regional co-ordinating centre in Barbados, CCAS has 11 years of experience organizing internationally accredited workshops training HIV professionals from 23 countries and territories across the region in the diagnosis, laboratory monitoring, treatment, and care of people living with HIV.
- > 1250 HIV/AIDS professionals trained from 23 Caribbean territories
- early adoption since 2008 of the integrated team approach to care * 5 years before the 2013 WHO integrated care guidelines * (diagnostics, clinical care, counseling, community)
- > 60 international experts as faculty of training workshops
- In 2017, CCAS is leveraging its unique access to distinguished international speakers in order to host a special Expert Summit “From Care to Cure: Shifting the HIV Paradigm”

6. Capacity building and research
- laboratory referral network created for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS); LRU Laboratory, Barbados as hub
- Professor Landis, director of LRU laboratory; the first public health laboratory in the Caribbean to gain CAP accreditation
- LRU laboratory expands diagnostic offerings from HIV to conduct CAP accredited tests for other STIs( Chlamydia and Gonorrhea), seasonal and pandemic Influenza, and human papilloma virus, the causative agent of cervical cancer
- LRU laboratory publishes landmark study (Landis RC, et al, PloS One 2013) demonstrating that HIV viral load suppression in the Barbados population equivalent to that achieved in the US population
- M & E carried out for OECS states, utilizing laboratory referral network - HIV viral load suppression as metric (Landis RC, et al., PLoS One 2015)
- ‘Science Pebbles’ secondary school program to promote interest in laboratory science
- Intergenerational sex study in Barbadian girls aged 15-19 (Drakes N, et al., BMC Women’s Health 2013)

7. How do we invest our founds ?
Funds raised: US $ 520,657; Funds disbursed on HIV/AIDS training activities: US $ 466,564.
Annual audited financial statements submitted to the Charities Commissioner (Martin Frost, Honorary Accountant)

8. Impact
The training period has coincided with falling new infection rates in Caribbean. As the only professional training workshop of the region some of these improving trends are likely to result from CCAS workshops.

9. Industry Partners (2016/17)

Alere
BD Biosciences
Beckman Coulter
Hologic
Roche
Ryvex
Sysmex