The Annual Research Conference is the flagship activity of the CARPHA/CHRC and has been successfully hosted every year since 1956. Usually held the third week in April, it is the largest health research conference in the English speaking Caribbean with over 200 delegates in attendance. The latter comprise researchers, policy makers and health care providers thus creating a unique network of health stakeholders who share needs, information and experiences.
The Conference venue is rotated throughout the Caribbean and is often hosted in exotic settings that facilitate a special camaraderie among delegates. Collaborations are spawned not only among researchers but with all stakeholders.
Highlights of the Conference include keynote lectures and the Awards Banquet. In addition, the unique gathering of health professionals provides an excellent opportunity for the hosting of meetings of professional associations and the hosting of training workshops. Groups such as the Caribbean Association of Nephrologists and Urologists (CANU) and institutions such as CAREC have made good use of this opportunity over the years. Indeed, CARPHA/CHRC reserves the second afternoon of the Conference for the hosting of satellite meetings.