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Volume 2, Number 3 | September 2014
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Dean's Message

One of the things that I enjoy most about kicking off the new school year is giving the Introduction to Public Health lecture to new students. I'm reminded what it felt like to be a young public health scholar eager to make a difference in the health of populations locally and across the globe. Read More.

What's New
What you need to know about Ebola

An outbreak of Ebola virus infection has spread across West Africa, through the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since early 2014.  Several DLSPH faculty, alumni and students are following the outbreak closely, including Epidemiology Professor David Fisman.
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(photo by European Commission DG ECHO via Flickr)
Sport-Related Concussions are a Public Health Issue

U of T public health professor and primary care physician Ross Upshur says sport-related concussions are a public health issue and stronger action should be taken to prevent them in children and youth. Read more.
How U of T is Delivering on the Big Data Promise

DLSPH hosted a workshop, Big Data for Health on July 3 and 4, 2014.  Attended by 100 scientists, the event was a great success in charting an initial course for U of T to capitalize on research opportunities created by the rapidly increasing availability of large volumes of health data. But what are “big data,” and why are basic scientists and public health investigators convinced it’s the next frontier of health discovery? Read more.
DLSPH researchers receive Grand Challenges Grant to address workplace hazards in India

Paul Bozek and Donald Cole have received a grant from Grand Challenges Canada to address silica exposure problems among agate jewellery producers in Gujarat, IndiaRead more.
New faculty appointments and program directors

The School is delighted to announce a number of new faculty appointments and program directors, including:
  1. Andrea Cortinois, co-chair of Grand Opportunities in Global Health
  2. Abdallah Daar, Professor of Clinical Public Health and co-chair of the undergraduate initiative, Grand Opportunities in Global Health
  3. Jillian Kohler, Director of the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health
  4. Jeremy Scott, Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Health
Visit our What's New page for the latest updates on new talent at DLSPH.

Sex on Stage: How one public health professional is turning sex education upside down

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today’s youth, a PhD candidate at DLSPH has a slightly different stance. Shira Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the School’s Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, is taking to the stage to educate young adults about sex. Read more.
Next issue: October 2014

Submission deadline: September 24, 2014

eBulletin Archive
From Global Mess to Local Stress: Bringing the Impact of Environmental Harm to the Forefront of Public Health

The 2014 DLSPH student-led conference will take place Friday, October 17 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Global Health Summit: Creating a Pandemic of Health

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Institute of Global Health, Equity and Innovation are hosting a Global Health Summit, Creating a Pandemic of Health. It will bring together global health thought leaders from Toronto and around the world to discuss a critical issue facing this generation: how do we transform the health paradigm to go beyond the idea of fighting disease to focus on creating health. Read more.

Attention students: Click here to find out how you can submit a poster.

November 3-5, 2014
MaRS Discovery District
101 College St.

IDEAS: Two-Day Introductory Quality Improvement Program
Are you new to QI or need a brief refresher? This two-day Introductory Quality Improvement Program features interactive learning in a classroom setting and includes opportunities to apply learning between two dates. Register here.

Fall Session 1: Sept 22 | Oct 21, 2014
University of Toronto Conference Centre
89 Chestnut Street

Fall Session 2: Oct 17 | Nov 14, 2014
University of Toronto Conference Centre
89 Chestnut Street

Examining gender/sex differences in work injury risk, consequences of work injury and the relationship between work stress and chronic disease

Dr. Peter Smith, Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health presents a research program into how sex and gender shape risk of work injury, time off work after a work injury, and the relationship between the work environment and chronic illnesses. Read more.

October 14, 2014
Hart House
7 Hart House Circle

Celebrating the work of Joan Eakin
Professor Joan Eakin, former Director of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, retired this past June and DLSPH is hosting a celebration of her tremendous contributions in the areas of work, health and critical qualitative research.  Register here.

October 16, 2014
Debates Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle


Save the Date: Workshop on Big Data for Health Policy

November 5 and 6, 2014
Fields Institute, University of Toronto
222 College St.
Details to follow

Alumni Spotlight

Tara Gomes, MHSc, class of 2006

"Be persistent, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, and any seize opportunities that you’re given! Once I become comfortable doing something, I often like to make a change and do something different.  While this can be daunting, it has helped me develop a broad set of skills and has shown me what I do (and don’t) like to do."
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Public Health Origins

Did you know that John Gerald FitzGerald, founder of the University of Toronto School of Hygiene (Dalla Lana School of Public Health's predecessor), was only 16 years old when he entered U of T's medical school in 1899?  It was his dream to manufacture vaccines and distribute them to the public free of charge  - the humble beginnings of Canada's public health system. 

Photo courtesy of Sanofi Pasteur Archives. FitzGerald, far right.
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