The Future of Obesity May be Whiter, Older and Male

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH DLSPH Prof. Laura Rosella and her team at the Population Health Analytics Lab predicts that in ten years the typical Canadian living with obesity will most likely be a Canadian-born white man, between the age of 50 and 64 – and that he...

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Weight Gained from Psychiatric Medications Can Be Lost With Basic Diet and Exercise

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Weight gain can be a major challenge for patients taking psychiatric medications. But a new DLSPH-led study suggests basic exercise and dieting are effective at controlling it. “A lot of doctors tell patients they won’t be able to lose weight because they are...

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Uncovering the Communities with the Highest Premature Deaths in Ontario

Alumnus Emmalin Buajitti

U of T researchers have conducted the first spatial analysis of death in Ontario, discovering that social and demographic factors  are by far the biggest factors in predicting who dies before their time. Public health researchers used traditional statistical and geography tools to break down premature death rates community by...

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Building Respectful Inclusion One Semester at a Time

Dr. Fady Shanouda

Dr. Fady Shanouda does not require student accommodation letters.  He does not believe in late marks or penalties.  He uses close-captioned slides, and his handouts are  at least 16 point font for those with low vision.  And he records lectures so students who can’t make it to class, for mental...

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High School Students Learn to Save Toronto from Deadly Theoretical Virus!

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer, DLSPH A virus hits Toronto just as the Raptors clinch the NBA championship and crowds pour into the streets. For 11 high school students, this was the theoretical challenge. They had five days this summer to come up with a plan to avert catastrophe. The...

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DLSPH Grad Challenges International Standard of Care for Trans Patients

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer DLSPH This week, Postdoctoral Fellow Kinnon MacKinnon turned his PhD dissertation into a website tailored for clinicians on trans patient care. MacKinnon’s PhD dissertation focuses mainly on equity in the administration of hormones and surgeries for trans people. As a trans person himself, he argues...

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Palliative Care Disparities in Ontario Persist

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH A DLSPH student has found that some parts of Ontario, particularly in the North, are receiving next to no palliative care – even for painful cancer deaths or organ failure. But Michela Panarella, an MSc candidate in the Division of Biostatistics, found the...

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Salima Mithani: From Pakistan to U of T’s Convocation

By Bernice Yanful, PhD student in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at DLSPH When Salima Mithani talks about her time at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), she often uses words such as tight-knit, community and supportive. For Mithani, graduating this week with a Master of Public Health is...

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Rachel Kirkland: Climbing my own Mount Everest

by Rachel Kirkland, DLSPH Graduate Sitting in the auditorium at 155 College Street on day one of my degree felt a little like how I imagine I’d feel if I decided to climb Mount Everest tomorrow, equipped solely with the vision of what I wanted to do at the top,...

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DLSPH Students Among Recipients of the 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Nine DLSPH students from public health and health systems research received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellows this year. “Our strong showing is a testament to the rigour and strength of our academic program,” says Dean Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, “On behalf of our community, I congratulate our award...

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