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February 2017
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Dean's Message

I would like to welcome everyone back and extend my wishes for a prosperous new year. Now that 2017 is well underway, there are some leadership changes and new priorities that I would like to share. Read more.

What's New

U of T keeping close watch on impact of US travel restrictions

“We are working collectively with Universities Canada to express our concern regarding the travel restrictions, and our support for international students and scholars across the country who may be affected by these actions,” said President Meric Gertler. Read more.

Professor Eileen de Villa appointed Toronto’s new Medical Officer of Health

On January 31, 2017, Toronto City Council approved the appointment of Dr. Eileen de Villa, an Adjunct Professor at DLSPH, as Toronto’s new Medical Officer of Health as of March 27, 2017. Read more.

Nutrition students create recipe planning tool for Toronto women’s drop-in centres

Nutrition and Dietetics students created a menu planning tool for to help chefs at Sistering drop-in centre, who serve up to 250 meals each day to women who are homeless, under-housed, low income or marginalized. Read more.

Q&A: Why Toronto needs supervised injection services

Across Canada and the United States, rates of overdose to opioid drugs, including Fentanyl, have sky-rocketed in recent years. Profs Carol Strike and Ahmed Bayoumi have studied supervised injection services and underlined Toronto’s need for these services. Read more.

Q&A: Why Trump’s support for anti-vaxxers could lead to deadly outbreaks

President Trump’s recent meetings with anti-vaccination activists have Prof David Fisman, among many other public health professionals, deeply concerned. Read more.

Living near major traffic linked to higher risk of dementia

An international team of researchers including Profs Hong Chen and Raymond Copes has found that people who live close to high-traffic roadways face a higher risk of developing dementia than those who live further away. Read more.

DLSPH scholars explore resilient and responsive health systems at global symposium

The DLSPH had an impressive showing at the fourth annual Global Symposium on Health Systems Research where the conference theme was resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world. Read more.

A Community Grapples with Cancer

Researchers at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health have teamed up with a First Nation in northwestern Ontario to seek answers to a frightening, generation-old medical mystery. Read more.

Diversity and Equity Committee Update

Following the Diversity and Equity Committee's Dec. 2 meeting, an overall committee and five sub-committees were established, as well as working groups to deliver a DLSPH diversity statement, summary of diversity/equity initiatives at other institutions, etc. Read more.

History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal

With over 400 pages of original description of libraries, archives, museums, digital collections, blogs, grants, and other resources in the history of medicine and medical humanities, a new resource is available for all students, faculty, clinicians, and interested researchers.  Read more.

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

To recognize Dec.17 as the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, DLSPH & Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association of British Columbia, created a video featuring historic footage of Prostitutes' Rights Activists in 1989. Watch video.

External Reviewers of PhD Departmental Defenses

The Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences would like to recognize and thank all faculty members who served as External Reviewers for PhD proposal defenses and departmental oral defenses in the summer and fall of 2016. Read more.

Awards and Honours

Profs Carol Strike and Ahmed Bayoumi received the 2016 Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award. Read more.

Prof Anne-Emanuelle Birn named to the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health. Read more.

Prof Abdallah Daar appointed by African Union Commission to serve on the High Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies. Read more.

Prof Michael Chaiton's research is one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Top 10 Society-funded stories of 2016. Read more.

Prof Maria Chiu named a 2017 DiverseCity fellow by Civic Action. Read more

Prof Kate Mulligan named a 2017 DiverseCity fellow by Civic Action. Read more.

Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health founding benefactor, Dr. Michael Dan, named a Member of the Order of Canada. Read more.

Elder Jan Longboat, WBIIH Community Advisory Council member, appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Read more.

PhD candidate Deika Mohamed received a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Read more.

PhD candidate Jannah Wigle received a IDRC Doctoral Research Award. Read more.

In the News

How Toronto students are helping women eat healthier at drop-in shelters
MPH students Courtney McAskile, Sarah Kassel, Etienne Nemanishen and Hazel Fernandez in CBC News
Read more.

U of T students create new menu-planning tool for drop-in centres
MPH students Courtney McAskile, Sarah Kassel, Etienne Nemanishen and Hazel Fernandez in Metro.
Read more.

What you need to know about safe injection sites in Toronto
Profs Carol Strike and Ahmed Bayoumi in Toronto Star
Read more.

Why e-cigarettes are better than smoking but worse than nothing
Prof Robert Schwartz in Toronto Star
Read more.

City appoints new Medical Officer of Health
Prof Eileen de Villa in AM630 News
Read more.

Dr. Suzanne Stewart to lead new institute devoted to health of Indigenous Canadians
Prof Suzanne Stewart in OISE News
Read more.

Adios, Asbestos
Prof Paul Bozek in The Varsity
Read more.

Meet Dr. Branka Agic, a Torontonian who will change the city in 2017
Prof Branka Agic on CBC News
Read more.

We’re not prepared for future Ebola outbreaks, experts warn
Prof Ross Upshur in STAT News
Read more.

Coming Soon: Safe Injection Sites
Prof Ahmed Bayoumi on The Agenda
Watch video.

Trump’s support for anti-vaxxers could lead to deadly outbreaks, disease expert warns
Prof David Fisman on Global News.
Read more.

1 in 5 tiny babies: This grim health metric has Chicago researchers worried
Prof Pat O'Campo in Chicago Business
Read more.

New scientific director aims to shine light on Indigenous health issues
Dr. Carrie Bourassa in CBC News
Read more.

Provinces losing ground on health bargaining
Prof Greg Marchildon in iPolitics
Read more.

Dementia risk linked to living close to high-traffic roads
Prof Ray Copes in CBC News
Read more.

Inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women will strain health resources
Prof Janet Smylie in Globe and Mail
Read more.

Time to move health research into the community
Prof Adalsteinn Brown in Toronto Star
Read more.

CRISPR technology has revolutionized field of gene-editing, but should you be concerned?
Prof Kerry Bowman on CTV News
Read more.

The fight against infectious diseases is still an uphill battle
Prof David Fisman in Science News
Read more.

Living close to a major roadway could increase dementia risk
Prof Ray Copes on CNN
Read more.

Why it’s Time to Actually Get Serious About PMS
Prof Gillian Einstein in Notable
Read more.

Eye Of The Storm — Leading Disaster Response In Hurricane Matthew

IHPME Alumni Dr. Gustavo Mery is an Advisor in Health Systems and Services with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and was head of the organization’s office in the Bahamas during and after Hurricane Matthew, which struck the islands between September and October 2016. Read more.
Click here for IHPME Connect Newsletter

Upcoming International End of Life Conferences

Second International End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice Conference

Prof Jennifer Gibson is a keynote speaker for two plenary sessions. Read more.

Sept 13-15, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Fifth International Palliative Care and Public Health Conference

Prof Ross is on the conference planning committee. Read more.

Sept 17-20, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario
Click here for The JCB Voice Newsletter

DLSPH Student Blog

President Donald Trump’s implications for public health

By: Michelle Amri, MPA, PhD student

Throughout the presidential election process, Trump became infamous for his voluble election promises. While he did not make many commitments directly referencing public health, many of his pronouncements can provide insight as to what his presidency will mean for public health. Read more.

Research News

Prof Daniel Sellen pursues new opportunity as director of U of T’s Centre for Child Nutrition and Health. Read more.

Prof Nancy Baxter's 2009 publication, Association of colonoscopy and death from colorectal cancer, is one of the top five most-cited ICES papers over the past 25 years. Read more.

Prof Carol Strike and Dr. Aaron Orkin in article, Calls for medically safe heroin mount in Canada, published in The Lancet on January 20, 2017. Read more.

Profs Ananya Banerjee and Jackie Bender received 2016-17 LEAF program funding for their project that will measure if increased levels of physical activity positively influences active collaborative learning and student engagement in undergraduate classrooms.

Upcoming Events

Healthier Cities and Communities Hub Showcase
The Healthier Cities and Communities Hub hosts an event to celebrate seed grant competition results and a networking opportunity for the Toronto healthier cities community. Read more.

February 10, 2017
2:00-6:00 p.m.
HSB 106

CIHR STAGE International Speaker Seminar Series

Dr. Goncalo Abecasis, University of Michigan School of Public Health to give lecture, Sequencing and Analysis of 10,000s of Human Genomes: Challenges and Opportunities. Read more.

February 3, 2017    
12:00-1:00 p.m
Hospital for Sick Children's Daniels Hollywood Theatre, Room 1246, 1st Floor, Black Wing
555 University Avenue, Toronto

RCIScience at Lunch

Prof Howard Hu's talk, The Role of a Re-emergent Canadian School of Public Health in a Hot, Hungry, Polluted, Aging, Polarized World Prone to Pandemics, Chronic Disease, and Unsustainable Health Systems, hosted by the Royal Canadian Institute (RCI). Read more.

February 9, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
First Canadian Place Gallery
100 King St. W

General Faculty Meeting

All DLSPH faculty members are welcome the General Faculty Meetings. Read more.

February 27, 2017
12:30-2:00 pm
HSB 108

Physical Activity and Health by Dr. Dario Novak

SBHS seminar titled "Physical Activity and Health" being given by Dr. Dario Novak, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Read more.

February 28, 2017 
12-1 pm
HSB 574  

Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Workshops will include a presentation with opportunity for questions and discussion, covering history and principles behind research ethics review, procedures under the Tri-council Policy Statement and more. Read more.

Various dates, February 2017
McMurrich Building, Rm. 107
12 Queen’s Park Crescent W.

Higher Learning: Migration and Health in Fire at Sea

Following a screening of Fire at Sea co-presented by DLSPH, subject experts will unpack the complex and compounding health issues facing refugees during their migration and resettlement. Read more.

March 3, 2017
11 am- 2 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

Cadario Visiting Faculty Lecture featuring Deirdre McCloskey

U of T's School of Public Policy & Governance hosts the 2017 Cadario Lecture featuring Deirdre McCloskey: "How Liberal Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions or Exploitation, Made the Modern World." Read more.

March 13, 2017
7:00-8:30 p.m. 
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street

Call for Submissions

Survey: Personal views towards health, happiness and a good death

The Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation invites you to take part in a study designed to identify the minimum and non-negotiable conditions for a good death that you would like to experience at the end of your own life. The current survey was also circulated to those attending the Dean's Leadership Series: A Good Death for All - What would it take?

Submissions due: Open
Read more.

DLPSH Student Blog

Opportunity for all students to share their knowledge and passions with the broader public, and to draw attention to salient public health and health systems issues. It's also an opportunity to have a piece of writing be informally published, and to translate academic literature into digestible language for a wide audience.

Submissions due: Various dates, 2017
More info.

Student Engagement in the Arts Awards

U of T Student Engagement in the Arts Awards celebrate the outstanding co-curricular leadership roles and volunteer activities undertaken by students in all ranges of creative endeavours, for example: curated an art show, film festival or open mic night; someone who’s edited a magazine or book of poetry; produced a musical, play, dance program, speaker series.

Submissions due: February 10, 2017
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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Conference

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Department of Sociology, UTM will convene an anti-racism conference from March 20-21, 2017. The theme for this year’s IDERD Campaign is “What’s Anti-Racism Good for Now?”

Abstract submissions due: February 17, 2017
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Gene Editing & Personalized Medicine

Graduate students interested in human genetics and their application to health action are encouraged to submit a manuscript to Health Science Inquiry's Gene Editing and Personalized Medicine issue.

Submissions due: February 24, 2017
Read more.

2017 Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards
These awards recognize the valuable contributions of TAs and graduate student Course Instructors to undergraduate education at U of T and seek to honour those who exhibit exceptional leadership in their teaching.

Submissions due: February 27, 2017
Read more.

Academic Global Child Health Fellowship-2018

The Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children is recruiting fellows for the Academic Global Child Health Fellowship training program for the start date of July 2018.

Submissions due: February 28, 2017
Read more.

The Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers & NARHC Trainee Abstract Competition

The Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers and the North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) will give the first annual Trainee Abstract Award to the best and runner up of an original research abstract submitted for presentation at NARHC.
Submissions due: April 4, 2017
Read more.

2017-2018 Collaborative Program In Public Health Policy

Become a part of a dynamic training and research community in Public Health Policy and learn about real-world policy issues and public health policy agenda setting, and enhance the professional skills required to succeed in your profession.

Submissions due: May 5, 2017
Read more.
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