September 2, 2011
Vincentian named as one of top Woman Scientists in the Caribbean

Vincentian Dr. Rosalind E. Ambrose has been named as one of the top Women Scientists in the Caribbean by the National Institute of Higher Education, Research,{{more}} Science and Technology (NIHERST)

The NIHERST, established in Trinidad and Tobago since 1982, released the list of 41 top female scientists in their first-time publication “Caribbean Women in Science and their Careers”, which was released this month.

Chairman of the Board of Governors of NIHERST Jwala Rambarran noted that Caribbean people have taken pride in recording and promoting the achievements of outstanding nationals in sports, culture and the arts, but that little had been done to recognize the work of persons of similar standing in the scientific and technological arena, and particularly the accomplishments of our women scientists and innovators.

Rambarran noted that back in 2003, NIHERST and CCST launched an initiative to address the archiving of the region’s scientific heritage. This publication- ‘’Caribbean Women in Science and their Careers’’-2011 was deemed to be timely, as 2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, with the Theme “Equal access to Education, Training and Science and Technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”

Ambrose is named as one of the women who has broken important ground in her field.

She is the lone Radiologist in the Region to be named on the list of 41 top female scientists. Ambrose is credited for introducing several advances in medical imaging technologies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since 1998, when she introduced the first state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scan services, along with other services, such as mammography, fluoroscopy and ultrasound.

She pioneered Teleradiology here at home in 2003, which is the electronic transmission of medical images from one location to another, with the assistance of her IT Manager Shaun Young.

A release from Ambrose said her clinic, Caribbean Medical Imaging Center, was the first to experiment with ADSL, and used this technology to send images to regional locations and to the then IHC – International Children’s Hospital, Virginia, USA. This technology has given Vincentians the option of obtaining medical and surgical consultations from foreign specialists without having to leave the country.

Dr. Ambrose was Director of Medical Education for the Kingstown Medical College of St. George’s University School of Medicine for eight years, when she also introduced and lectured in Imaging in Clinical Anatomy as an Associate Professor.

She continues to operate and manage her clinic – CMIC which was established 28 March, 1998, and has added, in 2009, Audiometry Services, with a Certified Audiometrist (Americian, British and EU) Shannon Durrant on Staff.

Dr. Ambrose has authored several scientific articles. She has served as the Secretary of the Caribbean Society of Radiologists for its eighteen-year life. She is the President of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Medical Association and currently heads the SVG National Accreditation Board. She also lectures in Radiology at the Trinity School of Medicine.

Dr. Ambrose is pleased at this achievement, in which she has been singled out from St. Vincent and the Grenadines for this region-wide honour. Others are from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, in such diverse scientific careers as Aerospace Engineer; Agronomist, Astronomer, Analytical Chemist, Dentist, Electrical and Computer Engineer; Forensic Scientist; Geneticist, Geologist, Hydrologist, Immunologist, Marine Mammalogist, Mathematics Professor; Microbiologist, Molecular Virologist, Neonatologist, Nutritionist, Nurse, Oncologist, Paediatrician, Pathologist, Physiologist, Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Pilot, Virologist; endrcrinologist, inter alia.