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U of T students develop informatics platform to aid COVID-​19 decision making

Rapid Evidence Access Link (REAL) is an COVID-19 evidence pipeline for government and health sector leaders By: Nicole Bodnar An interdisciplinary team of health systems students and professionals built a digital platform that rapidly provides reliable COVID-19 information to health sector leaders and decision-makers across Ontario. Rapid Evidence Access Link...

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U of T Lab Provides Mask Protocol Testing Amid Domestic Shortage

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH In less than three months, a small lab at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health is helping healthcare providers validate their mask reprocessing processes by testing the efficiency of filters at capturing fine particles. The lab in the Gage building is also...

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Your questions answered: economic implications of the COVID-​19 pandemic

On April 30, 2020, IHPME hosted its first COVID-19 webinar — the sixth in the DLSPH COVID-19 webinar series — exploring the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. It featured four health economists discussing how integrated economic and epidemiological modelling could support policy decisions and provided insights into how Canada...

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U of T Researcher Finds Specially Designed Footwear Reduces Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis

First randomized clinical trial provides evidence for drugless treatment By Heidi Singer A University of Toronto researcher has discovered that the right pair of shoes significantly reduces pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. Prof. Peter Jüni, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, tested specially made biomechanical shoes on 220...

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Closing Schools Effective Against COVID-​19 – Hot Weather Doesn’t Help

U of T Researchers Publish First Peer-Reviewed Global Study Showing Summer Won’t End Transmission of the Virus By Heidi Singer University of Toronto researchers have found the first hard evidence that hot weather doesn’t help in the fight against COVID-19 -- but that closing schools does. “If we open schools...

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DLSPH Open: The New Doctor of Public Health

Dear Colleagues, Having worked in both government and academia, I’ve long felt the need for deeper educational offerings that bridge these very different worlds to improve public health. Now, I’m pleased to share that a new DLSPH degree program will break fresh ground in this sphere. Our much-anticipated Doctor of...

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It’s OK: We’re Not Working From Home, We Are At Home During a Pandemic

By Denny Choi (1st year MPH), Sarah Richter (1st year MPH), Sterling Stutz (1st year MPH), Anindita Marwah (2nd year MPH) "There is nothing I can do anymore. I can’t go out. I can’t go see people. I don’t even know when this will all end. I feel powerless and...

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Your Questions Answered: COVID-​19 and Health Equity for Marginalized Populations

On April 9, 2020, DLSPH hosted our third COVID-19 webinar, which explored the health disparities that COVID-19 has exposed among marginalized populations in Canada. Is COVID-19 the 'great equalizer'? Many disagree. While all levels of governments are trying to find ways to curtail the virus’ spread, measures like physical distancing,...

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DLSPH appoints Olli Saarela as PHS Graduate Coordinator

Olli Saarela was appointed Graduate Coordinator of the Master’s and PhD programs in the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on May 1, 2020. Saarela is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics whose areas of interest include Bayesian inference, causal inference, epidemiological...

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COVID-​19 is a Deadly Threat to Children

by Natasha Crowcroft, Director of the University of Toronto's Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases; Professor, University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and David Morley C.M., President and CEO, UNICEF Canada With the world anxiously awaiting a vaccine for COVID-19, the importance of vaccinations has not received such...

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