DLSPH PhD Student Examines Little-​Known Respiratory Bug

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of hospitalizations in children with higher infection rates than COVID-19 and the flu. The only preventative drug is cost-prohibitive. That is why Tiffany Fitzpatrick is interested in learning more about it. She has studied the...

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U of T Prof Earns Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Prof. Janet Smylie sees a change in the conversation about systemic racism. The recently appointed Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health believes she is the first Indigenous person with kin and land ties to what is now known as Canada. She hopes...

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Female health-​care workers at increased risk for stress, burnout and depression during COVID-​19

By: Nicole Bodnar Female health-care workers — who comprise eighty per cent of Canada’s health workforce — are at increased risk for stress, burnout and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study led by IHPME researchers. “Our early findings suggest that the pandemic is resulting a number of...

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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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From Race to Racism as a Determinant of Health

DLSPH Student Falan Bennett is Working to De-Pathologize Black Health Falan Bennett’s journey into public health wasn’t straightforward. She came to it through undergraduate studies in molecular biology and social psychology – and in seeing what was missing in the space between the natural and social sciences. “Learning about the...

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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 Researchers Part of $2.1 million Grant for COVID-​19 Initiative

SUPPORT-Canada initiative will capture data and biospecimens in order to identify factors contributing to COVID-19 susceptibility, severity and outcomes in Canada Two DLSPH researchers are part of a $2.1 million CIHR grant to CanPath (the Canadian Partnership for Canada's Health) to learn more about COVID susceptibility. The initiative, titled SUrveying...

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Should STI/​HIV Testing be Offered Online?

DLSPH Researchers Study Ways to Remove Barriers to Testing for Cis and Trans Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men A group of DLSPH academics and LGBTQ+ peer researchers are examining barriers to sexual health testing – and whether delivering testing online could improve the experience...

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Attention to health disparities must guide efforts to monitor and mitigate the impact of COVID-​19

Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic must consider the complex interplay between socioeconomic status and health disparities, according to an analysis led by a team of U of T researchers published in the British Medical Journal. The paper, “Using socioeconomics to counter health disparities arising from the covid-19 pandemic,” argues...

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