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Volume 2, Number 12 | August 2015
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Dean's Message

With summer coming to a close and a new academic year ahead, I hope everyone in our growing community had a chance to recharge and are prepare for a prosperous fall term.  
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What's New

Global health researcher finds Oliver Twist narrative does not apply to orphans in low-and-middle-income countries

Orphanages, or other institutional environments, may be better equipped to care for children in need than extended families or other family-based care configurations in low-and-middle-income countries, according to Professor Paula Braitstein. Read more.


Public Health Trailblazer receives President’s Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year

Congratulations to Earl Nowgesic, recipient of the University of Toronto President’s Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year. Read more

Large Canadian study finds health care cost of people living with diabetes more than double that of people without the disease

Each person living with diabetes requires care that costs the Canadian health care system an average of $16,000 over eight years, compared to $6,000 in average health care costs for people who don’t live with diabetes. Read more.

Jennifer Gibson to co-chair an expert advisory group on physician-assisted dying

Gibson, Joint Centre for Bioethics Director, will co-chair a provincial-territorial expert advisory group to provide advice that will inform the development of policies, practices, and safeguards required when physician-assisted dying is legalized in their jurisdictions. Read more.

Professor Shafi U. Bhuiyan appointed part-time, core faculty at DLSPH

Shafi U. Bhuiyan was appointment as Assistant Professor (part-time, core) in the Clinical Public Health Division on July 1, 2015. Read more.

St. Michael’s names chair in Inner City Health

Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi, IHPME and U of T Medicine professor, is the new Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard Chair in Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital. Read more.

Dean Hu panellist at National Institute of Public Health symposium

On August 10, Dean Howard Hu participated in a National Institute of Public Health panel discussion on the future of schools of public health: epidemiological, education and technological scenarios. Read more.

Awards and Honours

Prof. Ross Upshur, Janet Smylie and Rick Glazier, Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. Read more.

Profs. Randi Zlotnik Shaul and Barbara Gibson (among others), were honoured at the 4th Annual JCB Research & Awards Day. Read more.

Research News

Prof. Dan Allman is a member of a research team that received a CIHR grant to fund a National Hepatitis C Collaborative Network.

Profs. Laura Rosella and David Henry receives CIHR operating grant for their study, All-cause and cause-specific mortality trends in Ontario: Implications for health and health systems.

In the News

Health costs for diabetes expected to rise as population ages
Prof. Laura Rosella in the Canadian Press.
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Defining Moment: What do we mean by Neglected Diseases?
MPH Epi candidate Abtin Parnia on Reinvent Conference blog.
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Say ‘NO’ to maladies with Public Health promotion
Prof. Arun Chockalingam in the Daily Mirror.
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Federal government’s new healthy living app rewards Canadians with points
Prof. Laura Rosella in Global News
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Beer Sales Outpace Economic Growth in Asia
Prof. Juergen Rehm in Yahoo News
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STAGE fellows to present at fall conferences

Nora Zimmerman
(stage fellow and PhD Epidemiology candidate) received a University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre Training Award to present her work, Inter-individual variation in DNA methylation levels in PLAT and STX2 genomic regions contribute to variation in tissue plasminogen activator plasma levels, at the upcoming 2015 American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting. 

Jingxiong (Amelia) Xu (stage fellow and PhD Biostatistics candidate) will give a talk, A Novel Multiple-SNP Approach for Fine-Mapping Studiesat the International Genetic Epidemiology Society.

Upcoming Events

Public Health Students' Association Orientation Week Events

The PHSA is hosting a number of events to help incoming students get to know their classmates:

September 9, 2015 - Art Gallery of Ontario Tour
September 9, 2015 - Victory Café Pub Night
September 10, 2015 - Coffee Social 
September 13, 2015 - Incoming Student Orientation Retreat 2015

Save the Date: DLSPH Open House!

Save the date for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation annual open house event.

Oct. 17, 2015
Health Sciences Building
155 College St.

Racial Justice Matters: Advocating for Racial Health Equity – 2015 Dalla Lana Student-Led Conference

Save the date for this this two-day conference aims to bring the health impact of race and racism to the forefront of public health by providing a forum for practitioners, academics, community members and students. Read more.

Oct. 23-24, 2015
Health Sciences Building
155 College St.

Heads Up Conference 2015: Concussion Then & Now

Dr. Michael Cusimano and the Injury Prevention Research Office at St. Michael’s Hospital is raise awareness about the mechanisms and outcomes surrounding concussions in sports and daily life and to generate discussion about head injury prevention. Read more.

Sept. 12, 2015
Allan Waters Family Auditorium @ St. Michael’s Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
209 Victoria Street, 2nd floor
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

OPHA 2015 Fall Forum: A Strong Voice

The OPHA is pleased to offer special rates for currently enrolled full-time students. Interested students should contact for details. Read more.

Oct. 29, 2015
Chestnut Conference Centre
89 Chestnut Street

Call for Submissions

DLSPH Student Led Conference opens call for abstracts

Those conducting interesting research or working on a project related to racism and/or racial health inequities are encouraged to submit an abstract to the 8th Annual DLSPH Student Led Conference, Racial Justice Matters: Advocating for Racial Health Equity.

Submissions due: September 18, 2015
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The $15K Challenge

The sixth round of the $15K Challenge will award $15,000 to individuals in organizations working to advance the health of women and girls. Funding is available for one year, and organizations must be based in Ontario.

Submissions due: October 1, 2015
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PREMUS 2016 opens call for abstracts

Scientist doing research into the causes, prevalence and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are
invited to submit proposals for oral presentations, posters and symposiums at PREMUS 2016.

Submissions due: October 30, 2015
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Munk School of Global Affairs 2015-16 Global Ideas Institute

U of T students from any academic discipline are encouraged to serve as members of the Global Ideas Institute Program Team. 

Applications open until positions filled.
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IHPME SOG Award Nominations

Do you know an IHPME graduate who is a Canadian healthcare leader, innovator or has made significant literary contributions? This is your chance to recognize their work by nominating them for an IHPME Society of Graduates Award. Read more.
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