First Outreach and Access Program Alumnae Head to U of T

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH A pioneering DLSPH effort to introduce underrepresented high school students to a career in health has borne fruit: Two of its alumna, Maha Khan and Maimuna Akhter, have chosen to attend U of T this fall. With the choice to attend all three...

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Teaching About a Pandemic During a Pandemic

By Heidi Singer When the COVID-19 crisis hit Canada, professors from almost every part of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health came together on a mega-COVID course In early April, as much of the world was deep in lockdown and universities scrambled to move online, DLSPH Prof. Blake Poland...

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Meet IHPME’s first Health Systems Artificial Intelligence emphasis student: Dr. Rashmi Nedadur

By: Nicole Bodnar The Health Systems Artificial Intelligence (AI) emphasis — IHPME’s newest Health Services Research area of specialty — will welcome its first student this September. “My goal is to be a surgeon-scientist with expertise in AI and cardiovascular medicine,” said Dr. Rashmi Nedadur, a cardiac surgery resident at...

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DLSPH welcomes Francisco Ibáñez-​Carrasco as part-​time Assistant Professor, Learning Innovation

Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco was appointed as a part-time Assistant Professor, Learning Innovation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on July 2, 2020. Francisco is nationally recognized for excellence in pedagogy and educational leadership, and for his ability to inspire and connect through innovative and inclusive teaching. His priority this...

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Eleven DLSPH research teams receive CIHR funding for COVID-​19 projects

Eleven research teams led by DLSPH and IHPME faculty have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and globally. “Now more than ever, our community’s research expertise is critically needed to support Canada’s pandemic recovery,” said Professor France Gagnon, Associate...

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DLSPH launches a pan-​Canadian study to understand the financing, organization, and performance of provincial and territorial public health systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the critical role of public health, revealing variations across the country in the preparedness and effectiveness of provincial and territorial (PT) public health systems. Yet, surprisingly little is known about how public health is financed, governed, and organized, and the composition of...

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Your questions answered: the path to an effective COVID-​19 vaccine

On May 26, 2020, IHPME hosted a COVID-19 webinar — the twelfth in the DLSPH COVID-19 webinar series — exploring the path to an effective COVID-19 vaccine. It featured leaders from research, policy and private industry describing the pharmaceutical trajectory of new antiviral products (including the COVID-19 vaccine), from development...

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U of T Offers Groundbreaking Training in Diplomacy for Public Health Professionals

Erica Di Ruggiero

The race to create effective COVID-19 prevention and treatments illustrates the need for broader skills Diplomacy is both art and science – and public health professionals increasingly need to understand each of its intricate disciplines in order to create positive change in the world. That’s the guiding principle behind...

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U of T students develop informatics platform to aid COVID-​19 decision making

Rapid Evidence Access Link (REAL) is an COVID-19 evidence pipeline for government and health sector leaders By: Nicole Bodnar An interdisciplinary team of health systems students and professionals built a digital platform that rapidly provides reliable COVID-19 information to health sector leaders and decision-makers across Ontario. Rapid Evidence Access Link...

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DLSPH appoints Olli Saarela as PHS Graduate Coordinator

Olli Saarela was appointed Graduate Coordinator of the Master’s and PhD programs in the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on May 1, 2020. Saarela is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics whose areas of interest include Bayesian inference, causal inference, epidemiological...

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