Events

Events


Events are invaluable to moving global health forward. They are opportunities to exchange insight, test out new ideas, and make connections.

All Dahdaleh Institute events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.


Calendar

Jan
31
Thu
2019
Right to Health: An overlooked driver of access to essential medicines
Jan 31 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Right to Health: An overlooked driver of access to essential medicines @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

Dr. Katrina Perehudoff delivers her presentation to the Global Health Search Committee. This presentation is open to the public and everyone is invited to ask questions.

Apr
3
Wed
2019
A.I. and Health Equity: Opportunities and challenges for ethics and policy | External event
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
A.I. and Health Equity: Opportunities and challenges for ethics and policy | External event @ Urban Space Gallery

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) brings fundamental change in our lives, affecting everything from business to government; working life to personal time. As increasingly sophisticated AI systems are created and used more widely, the effects on our health are unclear.

Effects on labour markets and employment are popular areas of public concern and debate, but the potential societal effects of A.I. extend more broadly. Questions have been raised about fundamental and complex topics such as algorithmic bias, transparency, governance, and inclusion.

This panel will examine diverse topics including ethics, policymaking and the health of our cities.

Our speakers will provide an overview of key A.I. concepts, their cross-cutting policy implications, and consider what health equity considerations we must undertake when thinking about the use of AI in the GTA.

Speakers:
Jennifer Gibson, Director, University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics
Vass Bednar, Head of Public Policy, Delphia

Moderated by Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute

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Doors will open at 6 p.m. Event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

If cost is a barrier, you require information in an alternative format, or have concerns related to the accessibility of this event, please contact contact@wellesleyinstitute.com.

NOTE: This is not a DIGHR event

Aug
6
Tue
2019
Lunch & Learn With Dr. Unni Gopinathan | External Event
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn With Dr. Unni Gopinathan | External Event @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The World Health Organization and guideline development: What have we learned a decade after major reforms?

The World Health Organization is the world’s normative authority on global health, and produces norms, standards and guidelines for a broad range of health issues. Its evidence-informed processes and products have frequently undergone intensive scrutiny. A watershed moment was a Lancet publication in 2007 that shed light on major flaws in the agency’s guideline development process, and motivated far-reaching reforms. This talk will present major lessons learned and milestones achieved since WHO reformed its guideline development process over a decade ago and will provide forward-looking reflections about WHO’s decision to establish a new science division. A special emphasis will be placed on presenting key insights from two publications focused on WHO’s scientific advisory committees that were part of the GSL-lead Special Issue in Global Challenges titled "Optimizing Scientific Advisory Committees".
 
Lunch will be served in the Dahdaleh Institute kitchen before the talk.
 

Dr. Unni Gopinathan is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of population medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, associate professor at the University of Oslo, and a GSL post doctoral fellow.

Aug
8
Thu
2019
Information Design for the Common Good | Lunch & Learn
Aug 8 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Information Design for the Common Good | Lunch & Learn @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute Offices

Designers are increasingly involved in the world of social good. Traditionally installed in commercial sectors, they are now collaborating with scientists, researchers and others non-designers with their own knowledge-base and processes. These interdisciplinary encounters are often new, exciting and challenging.

Drawing on her experiences of this phenomenon, and on the research behind her upcoming book Information Design for the Common Good, Courtney Marchese will lead a Lunch & Learn on interdisciplinary design collaboration in global health.

Courtney Marchese is a professional designer with over a decade of experience specializing in data visualizations, information graphics, UX design, and usability studies. She is also an Associate Professor of Graphic + Interactive Design, teaching a wide range of design theory, research, and technical skills at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Nov
13
Wed
2019
Protecting Digital Public Health: Towards a Regulatory Framework for Internet Pharmacies | Seminar
Nov 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Protecting Digital Public Health: Towards a Regulatory Framework for Internet Pharmacies | Seminar @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

To address the rising cost of medicines, patients and policymakers are increasingly turning to personal importation through Internet Pharmacies. Despite their potential to improve access to affordable medicines, most countries do not sufficiently regulate Internet Pharmacies, exacerbating public health risks.

The aim of this presentation will be twofold. Using stakeholder and supply chain mapping, the first task will be to determine if and how safety and quality of medicines sold over the Internet can be protected. The broader objective will be to apply a public health framework to evaluate emerging strategies of regulating Internet Pharmacies. In addition to mainstream proposals of expanding the jurisdictional scope of existing regulatory authorities, we consider disruptive internet governance strategies that delegate public health functions to technology intermediaries.

Aria Ilyad Ahmad is the Global Health Foresighting Research Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. Since 2014, he has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization's Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products. Aria is a past Duke University Global Health Fellow and past faculty member of the Global Health Education Initiative at the University of Toronto. He has testified before the Canadian Senate on Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime, served on the board of directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and was the inaugural Médecins Sans Frontières Access to Medicines Fellow in India. Aria received his HBSc and MSc in international pharmaceutical policy from the University of Toronto, and is completing his PhD in global health governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada.

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Feb
26
Wed
2020
James Orbinski Special Presentation at the 5th Annual Health Innovation Summit
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
James Orbinski Special Presentation at the 5th Annual Health Innovation Summit @ Canada 2020 Studio

Policymakers across all political stripes and jurisdictions are being confronted with the realities of a health system under immense pressure - the sustainability of which is being challenged by a growing and aging population.

Charting that path to sustainability has been the core concern of the Canada 2020 Health Innovation Summit. Now in its fifth year, the Summit will look at how advancements in technology and investments in innovation help improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

This year, we will also be analyzing the ways in which these advancements interact with the implementation of a Pharmacare plan.

Bringing together key representatives from across the health system (federal and provincial policymakers, hospital executives, patient advocates, industry leaders and researchers), the Canada 2020 Health Innovation Summit will be structured around keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and networking.

Registration is now open. Early bird prices available until January 31st, 2020


Program Agenda

Note: exact timing subject to change

9:00 Registration & Welcome from Canada 2020

 

9:15 Welcoming Presentation

Dr. Sandy Buchman, President, Canadian Medical Association

 

9:30 Presentation: Health Care Costs, Demographic Pressures & Emerging Challenges

Mostafa Askari, Chief Economist, IFSD, uOttawa

 

10:00 Panel Discussion: Growing the Health Innovation Ecosystem

Matthew Collingridge, General Manager, Digital, GE Healthcare

Kathryn Hughes, TELUS Health

Janet Daglish, National Director, Bayshore

Moderated by Bill Charnetski, EVP Point-and-Click Care

 

11:00 Presentation: Stepping into the Future of Treatment & Care in Canada

Elizabeth Toller, Executive Director, Regulatory Innovation, Health Canada

David Lee, Chief Regulatory Officer, Health Canada

 

12:00 Networking Lunch & Conversation

The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

 

13:15 In Conversation: Adopting Innovation on the Front Lines

Alex Munter, President & CEO, CHEO

Jodi Butts, Independent Board Member

 

14:00 Special Presentation: Global Context, Global Risks

Dr. James Orbinski, Dahdeleh Centre for Global Health Research, York University

 

15:00 The 3 P’s of Health Politics in 2020 - Pharmacare, Provinces & Pandemic

Tim Powers, Summa Strategies

Anne McGrath, National Director, NDP

Peter Cleary, Santis Health

 

16:00 Conclusion of forum