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November/December 2015
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Dean's Message

As the holiday season approaches, I’d like to thank everyone for their incredible contributions in the last year. From the successful transition of the Joint Centre for Bioethics into the School, the poignant and timely Racial Justice Matters student-led conference and the Strategic Planning – Towards 2021 and Beyond launch, it has truly been a remarkable year of progress. Read more.

What's New

Donald Cole receives inaugural Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research

Congratulations to Professor Donald Cole for receiving the inaugural Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research. Read more.

Jeff Reading concludes Interim Directorship of Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health

DLSPH wishes Professor Jeffrey Reading well as he concludes a remarkable year of growth for the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and finishes his term as Interim Director on November 27, 2015. Read more.

Public Health Students and Alumni Celebrate Mentorship Program

The third annual DLSPH – Public Health Alumni Association Alumni-Student Mentorship Program wrapped up on November 3, 2015, with program participants gathering at Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar to celebrate another successful year of mentorship. Read more.

U of T honorary grad Sir Richard Peto gives global mortality lecture

We are all going to die. The question is when. This declaration kicked-off Avoidable premature death worldwide, a lecture by Sir Richard Peto, who received a U of T honorary Doctor of Science at the November 11 convocation ceremony. Read more.

Free Resource for Health Providers to Manage HIV in Africa

On Dec. 1, U of T researchers and their partners in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Canada launched a free website to help health workers improve the quality of life of adults and children living with HIV throughout Africa. Read more.

Well Living House celebrates milestones, looks ahead to stronger future for Indigenous communities

There was singing, a Métis fiddle duo, a movie screening and an appearance by Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett – all of it in celebration of Well Living House, an action research centre for Indigenous infant, child and family health. Read more.

Researchers call for investment in cancer control where most of the world’s cancer deaths occur

Investments in cancer control — prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care — are increasingly needed in low- and, particularly, middle-income countries, where most of the world’s cancer deaths occur. Read more.

Northern exposure: how this anthropology professor is changing health care in Nunavut

DLSPH alum and U of T‬ Anthropology Professor Tracey Galloway is helping to change the delivery of health care in Canada’s icy north. Read more.

Faculty News

Prof Michael Escobar will be Biostatistics' Acting Division Head effective January 1 through June 30, 2016 to replace Prof Wendy Lou during her sabbatical.

In the News

Teen addictions
Prof. Robert Schwartz on CBC National
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Protesters target Ontario's vape laws
Prof. Robert Schwartz on CBC National
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The PMS Package 
Prof. Gillian Einstein in Yahoo News
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World AIDS Day: Physiotherapists help people with HIV live a fuller life
Prof. Stephanie Nixon in Toronto Star
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Talking to The Dead
Prof. Prabhat Jha in 52 Insights
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Researchers ask: What makes female cyclists safer riders?
PhD candidate Jessica Denis on CTV News.
Watch video.

Patient safety in hospitals slow to improve: follow-up report
Prof Ross Baker in Toronto Star
Read more.

Toddler tips: From potty training to public bathrooms
Prof. James Scott in Today's Parent 
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Are you living in an unhealthy food swamp?
Prof. Valerie Tarasuk in Toronto Star
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Valeant’s drug pricing is just part of the reality of Big Pharma
Prof. Jillian Kohler in Globe and Mail
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Donating ‘edible waste’ to food banks in exchange for tax credit? Now that’s a rubbish idea
Prof. Valerie Tarasuk in Globe and Mail
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Bringing racial health equity to the forefront of public health
DLSPH student-led conference in The Varsity
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The time has come for universal pharmacare
Prof Gregory Marchildon in Toronto Star
Read more.

'Foxy' group brings sexual education to the Arctic
PhD student Candice Lys in BBC News
Read more.

Research News


PeerJ is an award-winning open access journal covering the biological and health sciences that has a similar editorial model to PLOS ONE, but use a business model which is dramatically cheaper for authors. Read more.

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Steini Brown presents at 
Health Quality Transformation 2015 

Watch a video of Steini Brown, Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, present the Realizing Excellent Care for All report. Watch video.

New course: Critical Perspectives in Health Policy and Law

Professor Gilbert Sharpe will be leading a seminar January 6 to March 30, 2016, which will bring together graduate students from healthcare faculties across campus, hospital administrators, healthcare agencies and others to examine health care in the context of policy, law and government. Read more.
Click here for IHPME Connect Newsletter

Upcoming Events

HSB Community for Covenant House Holiday Drive

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Public Health Students’ Association, Bloomberg Nursing, Nursing Undergraduate Society and Graduate Nurses’ Student Society are working together to support Covenant House, Canada’s largest homeless youth agency. Read more.

Dec. 1-15, 2015
Health Sciences Building
155 College St

Let your syllabi “Bloom”: Creating effective course outlines and learning objectives 

Ann Fox leads a lunch and learn series on creative teaching strategies. Read more.

Dec. 16, 2015
Health Sciences Building 574
155 College St
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lifeline Syria Challenge - DLSPH Information Session

Prof Geoff Anderson is hosting an information session for faculty, students and staff interested in working together to form a team and raise money to sponsor a Syrian refugee family through the Lifeline Syria Challenge. Read more.

Dec. 17, 2015
Health Sciences Building 574
155 College St
12:00-1:00 p.m.

CIHR Project Scheme 2016 Live Pilot Workshop

The Office of the Vice Dean Research & Innovation’s Grant & Program Development Team is hosting the first CIHR Project Scheme Workshop. Read more.

January 7, 2016
MacLeod Auditorium
1 King’s College Circle
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Inaugural Dean's Leadership Series featuring U of T President Emeritus David Naylor

Feb. 3, 2016
Great Hall, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Call for Submissions

Practicum Preceptors Needed

The Practicum Office is currently seeking out practicum preceptors for our Master of Public Health students. If you would like to learn more about the practicum program at the DLSPH, please contact Julie Foisy. If you have a project in mind for a student, please complete this form.  

Judges needed for U of T Medical Students Research Day (MSRD)
MSRD is seeking poster judges (either faculty or PhD students) with expertise in the areas of population and public health, and epidemiology. Poster judges at the MSRD will assess approximately six student poster presentations that should align with your research expertise. 

Submissions due: December 18, 2015
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DLSPH Mentorship Program Committee Call for Mentors 

The Mentorship Program Committee is looking for Alumni Mentors for the 2016 Program! Being a Mentor is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the school and its talented students, connect with other alumni professionals in the field of public health, and further develop leadership, communication and other skills. To be a Mentor, you must be a DLSPH graduate (or its predecessors), with at least 4 years of relevant experience developing your career in public health. You must also be willing to make a time commitment of at least one communication with your Mentee every 8 weeks, for a period of approximately 10 months (~ February to November 2016).

To sign up to be a mentor: 
  1. Complete the Mentor Questionnaire
  2. Send a copy of your C.V. to the Mentorship Program Committee 
Submissions due: January 5, 2016

The Global Health and Well-being Survey

The University of Sydney commissioned by the Movember Foundation is leading a multi-site international study that asking about views on health and well-being. Read more.

Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey Dissemination Award 2015-2016

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is co-leading and co-funding Canada’s participation in the 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy (IHP) Survey with the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). 

Submissions due: December 10, 2015
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CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year and Rising Star Awards

The CIHR – Institute for Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) announced two key annual funding opportunities:

The CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year Award 
The CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star Award

Submissions due: February 26, 2016

Awards and Honours

Prof. Ross Upshur named Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Read more.

Prof. Stephanie Nixon received U of T Medicine's Rising Star Alumni Award. Read more.

Prof. Jeff Reading was named the 2015 C.P. Shah Alumni Award of Excellence recipient. Read more.

MPH student Anjum Sultana received the Dr. Sheela Basrur Scholarship Award from the Ontario Public Health Association. Read more.

Prof. Gail McVey was recognized as a York University outstanding alumni at 2015 Bryden Awards. Read more.

Prof. Natasha Crowcroft received the best oral presentation prize at ESCAIDE for her talk: A systematic review for the basic reproductive number for measles: implications for measles elimination.

Prof. Paula Braitstein and PhD candidate Lonnie Embleton are the California Series in Public Anthropology International Competition winners for their proposed book, Street Smarts: Stories of Struggle, Survival, and Resilience from Street Children in Western Kenya.

Alumni Spotlight

Katia de Pinho Campos, PhD (2015), MHSc (2005), MBA

Technical Officer, Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Health Promotion
World Health Organization

"Be proactive, open-minded and find a field of work that ignites your enthusiasm, then “"trust the process.” In my case, it is working collaboratively in policies and strategies for improving global public health." Read more.

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Joint Centre for Bioethics!

Frederick Lowy, Founder, Talks about the Origins of the Joint Centre for Bioethics. Read more.

Click here for The JCB Voice
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