U of T Opens Groundbreaking Centre to Strengthen Vaccine Confidence Through Collaboration

By Heidi Singer, Director of Communications at DLSPH The Dalla Lana School of Public Health today launched The Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, an interdisciplinary hub of academic research and educational practice, with experts drawn from across U of T, to better understand and address the growth of preventable illnesses....

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DLSPH Open: DLSPH’s First-​Ever Academic Plan

Dear Colleagues, I’m pleased to announce that DLSPH’s first-ever Academic Plan has been approved by our School Council. This is the blueprint for our school’s guiding values and direction over the next five years. Many of you are already quite familiar with it, as the plan was forged through dozens...

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A career in public health? DLSPH students set to share emerging research innovation at U of T Health Sciences Fair

By Rebecca Biason, IHPME On June 1 at the U of T Health Sciences Fair, part of the University’s Alumni Reunion, three students from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health will be showing high school students and their parents what a career in public health and health systems research...

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U of T Researchers Look Back In Time to Help Prevent Future Brain Injuries

By Heidi Singer, Director of Communications at DLSPH U of T researchers used a novel data mining approach to uncover the most common medical problems affecting people in the time before they suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their results can be used to better predict and prevent these life-altering...

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Canada-​Led Effort on Maternal and Child Nutrition Receives Partnership Award

by Jim Oldfield, Faculty of Medicine A global collaboration that includes the University of Toronto and spans dozens of organizations working toward better nutrition and health for women and children has been honoured with a Canadian partnership award. Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health (ENRICH) is a five-year...

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Fractured Families, Fractured Communities: Studying the Impact of Separation on Migrant Workers and Indigenous People

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH DLSPH researchers are studying the psychosocial impact of separation from one’s family and land by comparing the experiences of two population groups: Temporary foreign workers in Canada and Indigenous People who move to urban areas. “To our knowledge, nobody has ever conducted a study like this one before,” said Andrea...

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U of T Researchers receive 1.5 million to improve cancer screening among Indigenous People

by Rebecca Biason, IHPME In Canada, Indigenous people continue to face persistent health inequities, rooted in colonialism and racism. These issues extend to cancer and cancer screening in Ontario, where Indigenous persons report a lack of cultural safety and have worse outcomes from cancer. To improve cancer outcomes and address...

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Reclaiming the Kitchen: DLSPH Students Aim to Reduce Sexual Violence Stigma While Breaking Bread

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH The kitchen, a place long associated with gendered oppression, is being used to help address sexual violence among Afro-Caribbean teens. DLSPH students Amika Shah, Megan Saad and Mikahelia Wellington are hosting 12-week cooking sessions through the Women’s Xchange program to facilitate intergenerational discussions among...

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DLSPH Scientist Receives 2019 U of T Medicine Dean’s Alumni Awards

Mohammad Akbari, an Assistant Professor at DLSPH and Scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute, won the Faculty of Medicine’s Emerging Leader Award this year. As director of the Molecular Genetics Research Laboratory at Women's College Hospital, Professor Akbari leads The Screen Project, a study offering Canadians access to low-cost genetic...

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Large-​scale study seeks to increase access to mental health care for pregnant women and new mothers

By: Corporate Communications, Mount Sinai Hospital Up to one in five women experience depression and anxiety during the perinatal period (between pregnancy and one year postpartum period). Effective treatments, including ‘talk therapies’, exist but less than 20 per cent of women have access to care. Accessing appropriate care is challenging,...

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