Professor the Honourable Errol York St Aubyn Morrison OJ, Hon. LLD, Hon. DSc, MD, PhD, FRCP (Glasg), FACP, FRSM (UK), FRSH (UK), FICD, FJIM
Professor the Honourable Errol York St Aubyn Morrison OJ, Hon. LLD, Hon. DSc, MD, PhD, FRCP (Glasg), FACP, FRSM (UK), FRSH (UK), FICD, FJIM

In 1992, at the University of the West Indies, he was appointed Professor of Biochemistry and in 1994, Professor of Endocrinology. In 1999, he was made Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, School for Graduate Studies & Research, University of the West Indies.

In 1993, he founded the University Diabetes Outreach Programme (UDOP), which now hosts the largest annual international diabetes conference in the Caribbean region.  Since 2007, UDOP includes diabetes related activities in the University of the West Indies (UWI), the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and Northern Caribbean University (NCU).

He was seconded as President & Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross of Jamaica Limited from June 2005 to December 2006.

He is Co-founder and Hon (Life) President of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica; Co-founder and Executive Member of the Diabetes Association of the Caribbean; was advisor to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO); and has served on several editorial boards of International Journals.

He continues to maintain an active research interest in medicinal plant extracts and their potential for therapeutic application and has authored over 200 articles in peer reviewed learned journals.


In 1997, he received the Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for outstanding achievements in research and distinguished service to The University of the West Indies and the wider community.

Amongst several international honours, he received the Harold Rifkin Award from the American Diabetes Association (1998) for outstanding and distinguished services in the cause of diabetes internationally…

In 1999, he received the Gold Musgrave Award for outstanding services in the medical sciences.

As well as the national honour of Order of Jamaica (OJ), 2001, for distinguished services in Biochemistry, Medicine and the Voluntary Social Services

In July 2006, he received the Queen’s Gold Medal to the Commonwealth through the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, for his services in Medicine and Medical Education throughout Jamaica,  the Caribbean and internationally.

Since 2006, he has been delving into and delivering several lectures in ‘The biochemical and biomechanical aspects of athletic prowess’.

He held the post of President, University of Technology, Jamaica, 2007-2014.

In 2011 he was appointed Chair of the Caribbean Region of the prestigious global network – the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and represented the interests of tertiary institutions in the territories of Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), Trinidad, Puerto Rico and Belize.

In 2011 Prof. Morrison was awarded the Hellmut Mehnert UN/UNESCO Award for the Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications.  He shared the award with Prof. Hans-Ulrich Häring of the University of Tübingen, Germany who is internationally renowned for his clinical and scientific studies of insulin resistance and insulin action in human diabetes.

In 2012, Professor Morrison was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) from the University College of the Caribbean for years of sterling service in the fields of education and the medical sciences and for extensive pioneering research in diabetes.

In 2014 Prof Morrison was seconded to be the Advisor to the Prime Minister and Director General of the National Commission on Science and Technology.

In 2015 awarded the Hon DSc by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge England.

In 2016 was awarded the Prime Minister’s National Medal for Science and Technology, (November 16, 2016)

extra-curricular activities emphasize volunteerism and he has served both locally and internationally on several non-governmental organizations such as Chair, International Diabetes Federation, North American region 1997-2000, and Chair, The Council For Voluntary Social Services in Jamaica (CVSS), 1998-2004,.

In 2009, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Jamaican Institute of Management (JIM).

In 2013 he was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Dentistry.

He was appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of Namibia, (Southern African Development Community) to Jamaica in 2015.

He is married with 8 daughters and enjoys reading and public speaking.


Glossary of Post-Nominals

OJ – Order of Jamaica

Hon. LLD, – Honorary Doctor of Laws

Hon. DSc – Honorary Doctor of Science

MD – Medical Doctor

PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

FRCP (Glasg) – Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, UK

FACP – Fellow of the American College of Physicians

FRSM (UK) – Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

FRSH (UK) – Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

FICD – Fellow of the International College of Dentistry

FJIM – Fellow of the Jamaican Institute of Management