Building Equitable AI for Public Health

Training next generation to close gap in AI and health inequalities A pan-Canadian institute designed to train emerging public health and computational science researchers in equitable artificial intelligence (AI) will be launched this summer by an interdisciplinary team of Canadian scientists. Using interactive teaching methods, case examples and multidisciplinary team-based...

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Remembering Dr. Garry R. Humphreys

The DLSPH community mourns Dr. Garry R. Humphreys — a DLSPH alumnus and smoke-free community advocate — who died on December 13, 2019. Dr. Humphreys was the inaugural resident in DLSPH’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program and a distinguished alumni, according to Dr. Chandrakant (Chan) Shah, a Professor...

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One more reason to try dry January: Public health researchers find increasing public awareness about alcohol as a carcinogen strengthens support for higher prices

Fewer than 25 per cent of Canadians who consume alcohol are aware that alcohol can cause cancer. However, people who learned that alcohol is a carcinogen were almost two times more likely to support policies that raise the price of alcohol, according to one of the first international studies and...

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Professors Anthony Miller and Robin McLeod receive Order of Canada

Two members of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health community — Professors Anthony Miller and Robin McLeod — received the Order of Canada on December 27, 2019. Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, was named Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the field of cancer...

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Study led by DLSPH researchers named one of BMJ’s top papers of the last decade

A landmark study led by a team of DLSPH researchers was named one of five key research papers to mark the decade by the British Medical Journal. The paper, Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study: randomised screening trial, was...

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U of T expert attributes ‘dozens of deaths’ to decline in Toronto police traffic ticketing

by Toronto Star's David Rider, City Hall Bureau Chief and Ed Tubb [...] Tickets for moving violations have dropped by nearly two-thirds since 2013. Meanwhile, the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed has gone up nearly as dramatically. They include Erica Stark, a 42-year-old mother of three killed while walking on a...

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U of T Faculty Volunteer to Help Remote Brazilian University Build its First Qualitative Health Research Program

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Four years ago, Rozilaine Redi Lago was a visiting PhD student at U of T’s Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ). She was eager to develop a similar program at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) in Brazil. After graduating, she taught...

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Targeting each of the four types of opioid-​related stigma can bring health policy and social change

By: Nicole Bodnar U of T researchers have identified four types of opioid-related stigma that depend on a variety of factors, including the context of opioid use, the social identity and networks of the person who is consuming the opioid, and what type of opioid is being consumed, including prescribed...

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Perceived loss of social status linked to rising mortality rate of white Americans

By: Nicole Bodnar The rising mortality rates of white Americans is due to a perceived loss of social status, not socioeconomic disadvantage, according to a provocative new study led by researchers at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH). “This is a startling finding,” said Arjumand Siddiqi, Associate Professor...

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Lack of Health Data Hurting Black Canadians, Say Researchers

by Gabrielle Giroday, Faculty of Medicine The health of Black Canadian women may be endangered by a lack of data, according to a first-of-its-kind paper from the University of Toronto. The paper – published this month in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved – explains how...

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