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Volume 2, Number 11 | June 2015
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Dean's Message

On July 1, 2015, U of T’s Joint Centre for Bioethics’ home faculty will move from U of T Medicine to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Our partnership is maturing at a crucial moment in time when health systems are facing are challenges that are both practical and ethical. Read more.

What's New


DLSPH 2014-15 Annual Report: The beauty of what we pursue.

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health published it's first annual report since it's re-establishment as a School in 2008. Read more.

Access to sport a human rights and public health issue
DLSPH PhD student and competitive power lifter Kinnon Ross MacKinnon says it's crucial that Pan Am/Parapan Am Games athletes and organizations such as PrideHouse are supported in their work to ensure all athletes feel equally welcome – regardless of gender or sexuality. Read more.

Spring Convocation - Awards and Photos

Congratulations to all DLSPH graduates who celebrated convocation on June 10 and to all our award recipients.  Read more.

First Nations health inequities an obstacle to reconciliation

Professor Jeff Reading, Interim Director of DLSPH's Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, wrote an op-ed for the Toronto Star addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Read more.

Bioethics and the Right to Health: Advancing a Complementary Agenda

Professors Jennifer Gibson, Lisa Forman, and Stephanie Nixon guest-edited Harvard's Health and Human Rights Journal, discussing the intersection of bioethics and human rights for issues including public health emergencies, maternal health care and epidemics. Read more.

Pamela Leece receives funding to improve safety in opioid drug use 

Dr. Pamela Leece, Public Health and Preventive Medicine resident, received Health Canada funding to help family physicians safely prescribe opioids to patients suffering from chronic, non-cancer pain. Read more.

Stephen Hwang appointed Director of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health

Dr. Stephen Hwang, is the new Director of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital. Read more.

Nora Zimmerman (stage fellow and PhD epidemiology candidate) and Vinh Truong (post-doc fellow) delivered talks at the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) conference.

Their work is performed in Professor France Gangon's lab in collaboration with a multidisciplinary (epidemiologist, bioinformatician, functional genomist, and clinicians) international (Toronto, Ottawa, Paris and marseille) team.

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Quality Matters: Realizing Excellent Care For All
Health Quality Ontario’s System Quality Advisory Committee, chaired by Professor Adalsteinn Brown, published Quality Matters: Realizing Excellent Care For All. Read more.

Save the Date: Moonshot 2015

IHPME colleagues and friends are invited to attend the second annual Moonshot Event, jointly hosted with Health Quality Ontario following Health Quality Transformation 2015. Read more.
Click here for IHPME Connection Newsletter

In the News

Tamper-resistant oxycodone called a 'gimmick' in growing opioid crisis
Public health and preventive medicine resident Pamela Leece in Canadian Press.
Read more.

The doctors are in: Debating mandatory retirement for physicians
Prof. Ben Chan on CBC News
Read more.

Is It Time for a Universal Drug Plan?
Prof. Danielle Martin in U of T Magazine
Read more.

Fentanyl: The king of all opiates, and a killer drug crisis
Prof. Peter Selby in Maclean's
Read more.

Wake-up call for overweight baby boomers
Prof. Elizabeth Badley in Toronto Star
Read more.

Abdallah Daar: ‘Let’s create a pandemic of health'
Prof. Abdallah Daar in World Diabetes Foundation News.
Read more.

Improving Health
Prof. Dan Sellen in Novae Res Urbis Toronto
Read more.

The 'Omics' and the Future of Cancer Research
Prof. and STAGE mentor Mohammad Akbari in Huffington Post
Read more.

Awards and Honours

Prof. Michael D.Escobar, Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Read more.

Prof. and co-director CIHR STAGE Program Shelley Bull, Statistical Society of Canada Award for Impact of Applied and Collaborative Work. Read more.

Prof. Howard Hu, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology 2015 Goldsmith Award Winner. Read more.

MSc Biostatistics students Chen Di Liao, Gengming He, Jing Jia, Bowen Gao, Wen Qi Fan, Qian Yang, Statistical Society of Canada's 2015 Case Studies Competition winning team. Read more.

MSc Biostatistics student Junior Chuang, Student Research Presentation Award Winner. Read more.

Research News

Prof. Laura Rosella receives CIHR grant for her study, Supporting decision making for the prevention of chronic diseases and reduction of high health care utilization.

Alumni Spotlight

Ellen MacEachen
Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

"The School taught me to look at the big picture. In turn, this puts obstacles in context and makes them more manageable." Read more.

Call for Submissions

Campaign for National Drug Coverage

Did you know the Canada is the only industrialized nation in the world that has a universal health care system that does not also have prescription drug coverage? The Campaign for National Drug Coverage is calling on all the federal political parties to commit to establishing national drug coverage and put it in their election platforms. Take action by signing and sharing our petition. Read more.

Ontario Public Health Association Fall Forum

Are you involved in a policy initiative, program, or conducting research related to public health advocacy and leading social change? Share your findings, experiences, and lessons learned with your colleagues at OPHA's 2015 Fall Forum. 

Submissions due: August 7, 2015
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