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Finding a Voice: First Year PhD student, Sara Shearkhani wins Canada Cares Award

By: Rebecca Biason, Communications and Events Coordinator, IHPME Upon meeting Sara Shearkhani, one can’t help but be in awe of her drive and determination, as she juggles a busy and at times tumultuous schedule. Constantly on the go, she is in the midst of her first year as a PhD student in...

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Dr. France Gagnon named Associate Dean of Research

Dr. France Gagnon, Canada Research Chair in Genetic Epidemiology and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, is DLSPH’s new Associate Dean of Research as of June 1, 2017. “I am delighted to welcome France to the Faculty’s leadership team in this important role where she will further our diverse research portfolio of...

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David Fisman named Epidemiology Division Head and Laura Rosella Epidemiology’s PhD Director

Professor David Fisman will assume the role of DLPSH’s Epidemiology Division Head on June 1, 2017. A U of T faculty member since 2006, Fisman is an infectious diseases expert in seasonality, environment, and climate change, as well as pneumonia and sexually transmitted infections. He is cross-appointed in the Department...

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Indigenous researchers receive $2.6 million grant for Indigenous Maternal and Child Health Program

A unique Indigenous-led, community-hospital-university-private sector partnership to enhance Indigenous maternal and child health will address some of the underlying causes of health inequity through an innovative new action-research project. The “Kind Faces Sharing Places: An Action Research Project for Indigenous Families During and After Pregnancy and Birth” project will aim...

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Suzanne Stewart leads U of T centre for Indigenous mental health and homelessness

By Hannah James Professor Suzanne Stewart is transforming research in Indigenous mental health and homelessness in Canada. The rate of homelessness for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people is higher than that of the general Canadian population, and Stewart says there has been a dearth of culturally relevant research to...

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Nobel Prize Winner and Health and Human Rights Scholar Amartya Sen at DLSPH

As a firm believer that science must serve social needs and address inequality, I have always been keenly interested in human rights, social justice, health equity, and how these issues map onto public health policy and policy in general. That’s why when I heard Professor Lisa Forman landed Professor Amartya...

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Midwives as Partners in Inclusive Primary Care

DLSPH Student Blog By: Jen Goldberg RM, MPH (Family Community Medicine) student With the unfolding of spring, midwives are recognizing International Day of the Midwife (May 5) and queer and trans people are readying themselves for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (May 17). As a queer midwife and...

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Olympic athletes disproportionately white and privately educated compared to general population

White and privately educated Olympic athletes, particularly Winter Olympic Games athletes, are over-represented on four high-income country Olympic teams, according to a University of Toronto public health researcher who conducted the first international study to examine sociodemographic profiles of individual athletes. “Public funds are heavily subsidizing Olympic teams that...

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Dr. Rob Fowler receives the 2017 Teasdale-​Corti Humanitarian Award

By: Rebecca Biason, Communications and Events Coordinator, IHPME Dr. Rob Fowler is the 2017 recipient of the Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award presented by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This award is given to a Canadian physician to acknowledge their work in health care or emergency medical services,...

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Welcoming Steini Brown as Interim Dean & Global Health Achievements

Dear Colleagues, First, many of you have seen the Provost’s announcement that Professor Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown will serve as Interim Dean for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health beginning on July 1, 2017 when I transition into my administrative leave/sabbatical. As you all know, Steini has served as Director...

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