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Spring Convocation – Awards and Photos

Congratulations to all DLSPH graduates who celebrated convocation on June 10 and to all our award recipients.  Check out the list of winners below and click here to view convocation photos. Academic Awards Mary Jane Ashley Award, Lauren Caruana (MScH, AMH) Donald Fraser Memorial Award, Kristen Wheeler (MPH, Epi) Richard J Helmeste...

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Nine Research Grants Awarded to Protect and Enhance Health in Toronto and Beyond

The first healthier cities and communities grants were awarded to nine research teams comprised of community, public sector and university collaborators to address a range of social determinants of health to improve the health of Torontonians and beyond. “More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and...

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World No Tobacco Day: Plotting Smoking’s Endgame

Professor Robert Schwartz

Sunday, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, and the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030. Canada is at the vanguard of tobacco control, with Ontario taking the lead...

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The risk of becoming a high-​cost user of health care strongly linked to socio-​economic status

Individual, household and neighbourhood socio-economic status impact future high-cost users of health care according to researchers at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Public Health Ontario (PHO). High-cost users of health care generally refer to the top five per cent of health...

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U of T students receive first place and honourable mention in global health contest

Global health students at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health received first place and honourable mention in the 2015 Untold Global Health Stories contest. The contest is run jointly by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and Global Health NOW, an online magazine by the Johns Hopkins...

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New DLSPH student award in melanoma research to honour David Cornfield

May is Melanoma Awareness Month and melanoma, the most serious and often fatal form of skin cancer, is on the rise. In 2014, approximately 6,500 Canadians were diagnosed, and 1,050 died. David Cornfield is one Canadian who succumbed to the disease in 2005 at 32 years of age. Following his...

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Dean’s Message: May 2015 – Strategic Planning, Towards 2021 and Beyond

Dear Colleagues, I am delighted to share that our School is initiating a strategic planning exercise, Towards 2021 and Beyond, this summer to chart the course for our growing faculty. A renewed strategic plan will mobilize and energize the School. I’ve asked Professors Dan Sellen, Associate Dean of Research, and Adalsteinn Brown,...

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Meet Measles, Diphtheria and Smallpox!

Torontonians will have the opportunity to meet people (actually, actors pretending they are sick) with measles, diphtheria and other vaccine-preventable diseases at the Quarantine Tent, a novel vaccine education event at the Science Rendezvous festival. The Quarantine Tent allows visitors to meet people transported from the past with vaccine-preventable diseases....

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New breast cancer gene identified by U of T and Women’s College Hospital Scientists

A new breast cancer gene has been identified in a study led by Professor Mohammad Akbari, who is an assistant professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and researcher at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). The study, which was published online today in Nature Genetics, describes how...

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Reducing global tobacco use

Although global efforts to cut tobacco use have had some success, more can be done to reduce the number of deaths from smoking, according to a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) by Professor Prabhat Jha. More than 170 countries have signed the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework...

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