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Volume 2, Number 1 | May 2014
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Public Health at U of T Celebrates 100 Years

May 1, 2014 marks the centenary of the University of Toronto Antitoxin Laboratory, the predecessor of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.  Learn more about our dramatic history as our School celebrates this important milestone. Read More.

What's New


Alumni and Faculty Networking Event

Thank-you to all the alumni, faculty, staff and students who attended the Dalla Lana School of Public Health networking event on May 27 at the Canadian Public Health Association Conference. We were delighted to see more than 175 people at the Sheraton Centre and look forward to hosting similar events in the future. To see more photos, visit our 
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Mozambican Minister of Health visits Dalla Lana School before Canadian Child and Maternal Health Summit

Dr. Alexandre Manguele, the Mozambican Minister of Health who is speaking at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit, met with Dalla Lana School of Public Health leaders to explore partnership opportunities to reduce maternal mortality.
Read more.

Research offers clues for treating homeless

Assistant Professor Flora Matheson's study finds that more than a third of clients served by homelessness organizations have a history of gambling problems.
Read more.

Data for Life Funding Opportunity

The Data for Life Prize invites applicants to submit a successful but under-recognized life-saving intervention for children under five. Two winners will receive $50,000 each. The application deadline is June 18, 2014.  
Read more.
 
Shafi Bhuiyan: Star in Global Health

Vote for Shafi Bhuiyan's Stars in Global Health Grand Challenges application. An Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Clinical Public Health and Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Bhuiyan is empowering women and families with a Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Handbook.
Read more.

Upcoming Events


Third annual WDPI Conference

The Implementing Work Disability Prevention Knowledge Conference runs September 29 to October 1, 2014. Early bird registration ($625) is now open until June 30. 
Read more.
Dalla Lana School of Public Health Faculty and Staff Dinner

Thursday June 12, 2014; 5:30pm-8:30pm
The Faculty Club

RSVP deadline is May 30 by e-mail to dean.dlsph@utoronto.ca.

Please note:
  • Space is limited to the first 100 guests.
  • Staff are free
  • Faculty are asked to pay $30.00.  Please make cheques payable to: University of Toronto c/o DLSPH for Faculty & Staff Dinner. Please send cheques by May 30 to the Office of the Dean

Walking Tour of the Connaught Laboratories led by James FitzGerald
Dr. Gerry FitzGerald was the founder of the Connaught Laboratories and University of Toronto School of Hygiene. Join Gerry’s grandson to hear about his personal quest to discover the history of these medical institutions and unravel his family mystery.

June 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Read more.

Honours and Awards


DLSPH Student receives CIHR scholarship to study violence against garment workers in Bangladesh

Laila Rahman, a PhD student in the Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Division, received a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship to complete a research fellowship examining ways that gender influences health. Beyond the long hours and structurally unsafe buildings, female garment factory workers face unrelenting violence that has tremendous impact on their health.

That’s Rahman is pursuing a project entitled: "Exploring womens’ perspectives of the multiple forms of violence against female garment workers in Bangladesh: A socio-ecological lens towards determining drivers and finding solutions."
Read more.




 

Alumni Profile


Karl Kabasele, Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency, Class of 2001

What I enjoy the most about my career in public health is the variety of ways that I can positively influence the health of the population. It is a joy to be able to have such a wide range of experiences within my public health career.
Read More.


 
Public Health Origins


Did you know that life-saving diphtheria antitoxin, as shown in this 1895 German illustration by Fritz Gerhrke, is prepared from the blood of horses, which become immune to the disease after a series of increasingly large doses?

Image courtesy of the History of Medicine.

Call for Applications


CHIR Stage is accepting applications from qualified pre- and post-doctoral candidates for an exciting training and career development opportunity. The program is designed to cross‑train individuals at the interface of
genetics and population health sciences in genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics—two disciplines currently facing a massive shortage of qualified individuals in Canada and elsewhere. 

Deadline: June 9, 2014.  Click here to submit your application.
Next issue: June/July 2014

Submission deadline: June 24, 2014

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Let's Talk - CIHR Open Program Reforms 

The School hosted a workshop, led by Renee Lyons, to explore CIHR program reforms and offer advice on how to write a successful grant application.

Pictured here: Meg McMahon (Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, CIHR's Health Services and Policy Research), Renee Lyons (DLSPH Professor) and Erica Di Ruggiero (Associate Director, CIHR's Institute of Population and Public Health).
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