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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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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Q&A with Howard Hu: Chemical Weapons

Following news of chemical attacks in Syria, Howard Hu, Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, explains how chemical weapons work and why they are inhumane as weapons. He is a Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Medicine and has led human rights fact-finding missions on the effects...

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DLSPH Hosts Unprecedented National Consultation on HIV Prevention for People in the Sex Industry

For the first time in North America, public health researchers gathered sex workers and people who work with them from across Canada to discuss the impact that HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will have on the sex industry. In October 2016, a group of 50 women, men and trans people...

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U of T students place second at Emory Global Health Case Competition

A multidisciplinary team of University of Toronto graduate students placed second and received the Participants’ Choice Award after competing against 23 teams from international institutions at the 2017 Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 25, 2017. The student team consisted of six graduate students from the Dalla Lana...

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Global health researchers receive $500K grant to build capacity and exchange global talent

Public health researchers at the University of Toronto received funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program to strengthen the capacity of tomorrow’s global health leaders. Professors Erica Di Ruggiero and Prabhat Jha received close to $500,000 over four years to enable global talent exchange and...

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DLSPH-​TIFF Partnership explores migration’s impact on health in Fire at Sea Screening

On March 3, 2017, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) hosted a screening of Fire at Sea, an award-winning documentary that illustrates the complex and compounding health issues facing migrants during their migration and resettlement. Approximately 150 students, faculty,...

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