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June 2016
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Dean's Message

As the academic year comes to a close, I would like to share some highlights of the last few months and acknowledge our well-deserving student, faculty and staff award recipients.

Congratulations to the more than 200 students who graduated earlier this month for reaching this momentous milestone.  Read more.

What's New

2015-16 Annual Report

Check out the 2015-16 Annual Report, Diversity and Partnerships in an Evolving Health Landscape, to see how DLSPH faculty, staff, students and alumni are having an impact on health and health systems. Read more.

Health for Tomorrow: Year-End Celebration

Congratulations to all DLSPH School Prize recipients who were recognized at Health for Tomorrow: Year-end Celebration, a convocation celebration for the DLSPH community on May 31, 2016 at the Gardiner Museum. 

Click here for event photos.

Click here for a list of all School Prize recipients.

Faculty and Staff Honoured at Awards and Retirement Lunch

More than 75 Public Health Sciences faculty and staff attended the awards lunch on June 16 at the Faculty Club to celebrate members of the community who have made an impact at DLSPH and beyond. Read more.

Making the case for supervised injection services

Five years after Associate Professor Carol Strike and Professor Ahmed Bayoumi said that Toronto would benefit from opening at least three supervised drug injection sites, their research is now influencing public health leaders and policy-makers to make safe-injection services available in the city. Read more.

Fast-food “swamps” linked to greater diabetes risk

Canadians under the age of 65 have a greater risk of developing diabetes if they live near a high number of fast-food restaurants and few healthier dining options, known as fast-food swamps, according to Jane Polsky, a PhD candidate in the Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. Read more.

John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health by Dr. Prabhat Jha

On June 3, Prof Prabhat Jha gave the John R Evans lecture, Convergence and divergence in global health: reductions in premature mortality worldwide. Following the lecture was a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Stephen Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Click here to watch the lecture.

Click here for event photos.

U of T Statement on Orlando Shooting

The University of Toronto community has reacted with horror and grief at the news of the mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all those who are mourning the loss of family and friends, and those who have been injured in this immense tragedy. Read more.

MPH students organize Syrian refugee crisis panel at CPHA Conference

Close to 50 people attended, Our Collective Canadian Responsibility: Responding To The Syrian Refugee Crisis, a panel discussion at the CPHA Conference on June 16 organized by: Jaitra Sathyandran, Anjum Sultana, Navita Singh, Jaya Raghubir and Antu Hossain. Read more (page 58).

Lisa Strug named Associate Director of the Centre for Applied Genomics

Prof Lisa Strug was named Associate Director of the Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG). She work with Stephen Scherer and TCAG leadership to ensure secure long-term funding and sustainability for operations; provide additional leadership in the statistical and informatics components of the core facility; and contribute to the advancement of TCAG’s technology development and innovation agenda.

June 2016 Convocation

Congratulations to several STAGE trainees who completed their degrees this past academic year and attended their Convocations. Read more.

In the News

Generation T
PhD Candidate Kinnon MacKinnon in U of T Magazine
Read more.

Canada’s food landscape full of ‘swamps’
PhD Candidate Jane Polsky in Canadian Press
Read more.

Proposed safe injection site in Queen West Central gets positive feedback at meeting
Profs Carol Strike and David McKeown in Parkdale Villager
Read more.

Smokers may try to quit 30 times before it sticks
Prof Michael Chaiton in the Globe and Mail
Read more.

It can take 30 tries for some to quit smoking, study finds
Prof Michael Chaiton in the Toronto Star
Read more.

Ontario hospitals allowed to opt out of assisted dying, raising conscientious accommodation concerns
Prof Kerry Bowman in the National Post
Read more.

Faces of U of T Medicine: Gail Teachman
Prof Peggy McDonough and CQ in U of T Medicine News.
Read more.

AirSENCE: Getting Personal with Air Pollution
Profs Jeffrey Brook and Greg Evans in AllerGen
Read more.

Many obese young adults unaware of kidney disease risk
Prof Laura Rosella in Reuters Health
Read more.

Are cellphones linked to cancer? What experts say about the possible risk
Prof Paul Demers in Global News
Read more.

Tobacco may get plain packaging
Prof Robert Schwartz on CTV News
Read more.

Assisted death is the new pro-choice
Prof Jennifer Gibson in Maclean's magazine
Read more.

What a major new study really tells us about cellphones and cancer
Prof Anthony Miller in Globe and Mail
Read more.

Empowerment of women and their family in rural community
Prof Shafi Bhuiyan in the Daily Star (Bangladesh)
Read more.

Thousands of Canadians have lead in their drinking water. Do you?
Prof Ray Copes in Healthy Debate
Read more.

Making a difference in resource-limited settings
Prof Donald Cole in CAMH Blog
Read more.

Ilze Vija Kalnins, September 24, 1940 - May 17, 2016
Prof Ilze Kalnins in Globe and Mail
Read more.

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Honouring Peggy Leatt: Innovative Leadership at IHPME

This fall, IHPME will be introducing the Peggy Leatt Knowledge and Impact Award – named in honour of the former chair. IHPME reflects on Leatt’s contributions to the university and across the Canadian health system. Read more.
Click here for IHPME Connect Newsletter

Faculty News

Professor Nancy Baxter named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs as of July 1, 2016. Read more.

Professor Anne-Emanuelle Birn was recently elected a Senior Fellow at Massey College (University of Toronto). 

Professor Pierrette Buklis is Director of the Masters of Public Health Nutrition and Dietetics Program beginning July 1, 2016.

Upcoming Events

Global Health Summer Potluck Lunch

Come meet DLSPH’s International Visiting Graduate Students and mingle with other global health students and faculty members! Optional potluck – bring your favourite dish or your own lunch Please RSVP to Alissa Warner.

June 28, 2016
12-2 pm
155 College Street, Suite 400

Powerful Images: The power and peril of photography and story-telling in a world with growing inequities

Join a conversation about how we as a community can best respect the dignity and autonomy of the people who help shape our own stories. Read more.

June 28, 2016
U of T Rehab Sciences Building
500 University Avenue Room 235

The Global Leadership Series: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Global Health and Nursing

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Judith Shamian, President, International Council of Nurses; Opening & Closing Remarks: Pam Hubley, VP Education & Academic Practice and Chief, International Nursing, The Hospital for Sick Children. Read more.

July 12, 2016 
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay St. Toronto, 2nd floor Auditorium

International Genetic Epidemiology Society 2016 Meeting

The IGES 2016 meeting will feature seven inspiring scientific sessions, framed by keynotes on hot and exciting topics relevant to modern genetic epidemiological research. Read more.

October 24-26, 2016
Sheraton Centre Toronto

Alumni Spotlight

Andrew Lam, MPH Epidemiology (2015)
Epidemiologist, Office of the Medical Officer of Health, Peel Public Health 

"I enjoy working with interdisciplinary teams in public health and helping staff understand data. Above all, seeing the work I produce being used to inform staff and programs is motivating and very exciting." Read more.

Awards and Honours

Michael Moon (MSc Biostatistics), Mohammad Kaviul Khan (MSc Biostatistics), Kuan Liu (PhD Biostatistics) and Sangook Kim (PhD Biostatistics) received the Best Student Poster award at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada on May 31, 2016.

Shahriar Shams (PhD Biostatistics) was awarded the Best Graduate Student Paper at the 4th Statistical Society of Canada's Student Conference for his presentation on "Comparing progression-free survival of kidney cancer patients after laparoscopic versus open surgery using different propensity score methods."

Theodore Konya received the 3rd place research staff award in the 2016 AllerGen Poster Competition at AllerGen's Annual Research Conference on May 31, 2016 for the poster, Linking the indoor microbiome with atopy inthe CHILD study.

Prof Robert Schwartz received an Alumni of Influence Award from U of T's University College.

Prof Bernard Choi receives Public Health Agency of Canada Policy and Program Merit Award.

Nancy Carnide (PhD candidate), Nandita Perumal (PhD candidate), and Laura Feldman (MPH) were each selected to receive a Public Health Alumni Association Conference Travel Award to enable them to present their work at a professional conference.

Call for Submissions

Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health Request for Proposal Program

WBIIH launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) Program, including four funding opportunities; two for research teams and two for students engaged in research involving Indigenous priority health issues.

Submissions due: Sept.1, 2016
Read more.

Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation Seed Grant

IGHEI launched a Seed Grant Request for Proposals program to bring together community based organizations, students, early career faculty members at the U of T, and other university collaborators, to undertake projects that lead to scalable and sustainable social enterprises that promote greater equity in health.

Submissions due: Oct. 15, 2016
Read more.

Public health emergency knowledge-to-action survey

DLSPH community invited to complete a short 15-minute survey on global public health emergencies as a part of an ongoing study conducted by DLSPH's Ebola Working Group to evaluate perceptions about global public health in relation to current attitudes, beliefs and professional activities among Ontario public health professionals and students. Read more.

Call for participants in campus entrepreneurship research study
University librarians invite any one who is enrolled in an entrepreneurship course or program, launching or preparing to launch a startup, an active member of a campus accelerator or working to commercialize or translate their research to participate in a research study examining the research habits and needs of entrepreneurs affiliated with U of T. Read more

Submissions due: Sept. 1, 2016
Thank-you for supporting DLSPH!

DLSPH is the first Canadian public health school to launch its own fundraising campaign. Our Boundless Campaign will enable training and research in health promotion, disease prevention and health systems.

For more information on how you can get involved, give annually, create a named fund, or consider the School in your estate planning, please contact Beth McCarthy or visit the website.


JCB Task Force Releases Medical Assistance in Dying Draft Policy Template 

On June 6, 2016, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) released the Medical Assistance in Dying Draft Policy Template created by the JCB Task Force on Implementing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Read more.
Click here for The JCB Voice
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