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

Apr
17
Wed
2019
First Annual Student Symposium | Research Showcase
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
First Annual Student Symposium | Research Showcase @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building, 88 The Pond Road, YorkU Keele Campus

The 2018-19 academic year marked the first time the DIGHR engaged undergraduate interns. Mentored by Faculty and Research Fellows, student interns learned firsthand about today’s priority global health challenges and how to address them through excellence in research.

On April 17, student interns will showcase the work they did and share their experience at DIGHR. Join us as we celebrate their contributions!

Image: Student interns Sayo Falade (left) and Tanya Narang (right) take notes for the DIGHR water quality workshop.

This event is part of Seminars & Lectures series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Apr
18
Thu
2019
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

99min | Dir. Kirby Dick | 2018

If you can’t get enough of Big Pharma, this Netflix documentary will take you into the similarly terrifying world of the medical device industry.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Apr
24
Wed
2019
Research Trip Report Back: Health of Displaced People in Central America | Lunch & Learn
Apr 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Research Trip Report Back: Health of Displaced People in Central America | Lunch & Learn @ Dahdaleh Institute Boardroom

Community Scholar Linn Biorklund Belliveau recently returned from Mexico, where she conducted research on the health of Honduran migrants in Mexico, towards her major project Health of Displaced People in the Context of Climate Change & Restrictive Migration Policies.

Migrants from Northern Central America seeking refuge in Mexico are affected by the intersection of environmental degradation; trends in state policy which increasingly diverge from international norms; and the criminalisation of transnational humanitarian spaces.

In this Lunch and Learn, Linn will present an initial analysis of how these determinants endanger personal safety, health and dignity. She will share impressions from a recent visit to the southern Mexican state Tabasco. Three areas will be explored:
*Effects of prolonged droughts and a coffee-plant epidemic in western Honduras
*Mexican immigration politics - including decreased border controls and increased use of humanitarian visas - since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office 
*Insecurities along the Guatemala-Mexico border, and the Mexico-US border hampering access to humanitarian assistance and protection

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Image Credit: (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images) Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S., hold a demonstration demanding authorities to allow the rest of the group to cross, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, Mexico after crossing from Guatemala, on Oct. 20, 2018.


Apr
25
Thu
2019
Moolaade | Film Viewing
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Moolaade | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

124min | Dir. Ousmane Sembene | 2004

A nuanced look at female circumcision/female genital mutilation set in Burkina Faso from master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. Conflict arises when a woman shelters a group of girls who do not want to undergo female circumcision/FGM.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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May
2
Thu
2019
Watership Down | Film Viewing
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Watership Down | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

92min | Dir. Martin Rosen | 1978

This children’s film may be as much religious allegory as environmental didacticism, but we have it on good authority that it will make you cry.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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May
9
Thu
2019
Mad Max Fury Road | Film Viewing
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mad Max Fury Road | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

120min | Dir. George Miller | 2015

A post-apocalyptic environmentalist-Marxist-feminist take on the classic road trip movie. Was it worth damaging the Namib desert to make this film?

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films.To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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May
15
Wed
2019
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change
May 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change @ Dahdaleh Institute Boardroom

Mark Terry, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Documentary Film & Global Health, will lead a seminar to introduce his research projects and speak to the role of documentary film in creating social change.

Mark has been producing film and television for the past 25 years. Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His two films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer – were made in partnership with UNEP and both premiered at the Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Together, both films have won 19 international film awards for excellence.

Read more about his projects, Documentary Film World, The Changing Face of Iceland, Youth Climate Report, and Ecological Footprint Health Indicators, which he works on with Planetary Health Research Fellow Byomkesh Talukder.

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.

Aug
21
Wed
2019
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 1 | New Learnings Forum
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 1 | New Learnings Forum @ Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The first of the Dahdaleh Institute's summer students will present her work, learnings and experience as the Global Health & Humanitarianism Research Assistant.

Speaker Bio

Tanya Narang received a Bachelor's degree in Global Health at York University. She has a research background in the development of evaluation frameworks at The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions, St. Michael’s Hospital. During her time at the center, she worked on diverse projects in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), Global Affairs Canada and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through her experience, she grew a strong interest in critically assessing health interventions, indicators, and frameworks around the quality of care in low-resource settings. She is interested in understanding public health policy through an intersectional and health equity lens and looks to broaden her understanding of global health challenges experienced in humanitarian settings.

Image Credit: Tanya Narang Picture Day/Netta Kornberg/2019

Aug
28
Wed
2019
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 2 | New Learnings Forum
Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 2 | New Learnings Forum @ Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The Dahdaleh Institute's summer students will present their work, learnings and experience as Research Assistants on projects in Global Health & Humanitarianism, Planetary Health and Global Health Foresighting.

Speakers

Shubhdeep Nagi is the Planetary Health Research Assistant. He is a Bachelor of Science Candidate at York University, with a focus in Global Health. In pursuit of his passion for health equity, leadership, and technology, Shubhdeep supports patients at his local hospital, and leads fundraising for, Hemoglobal®, a Canadian charity.

Ailya Salman received an Honours Specialized in Cognitive Science at York University. Alongside her work at the Dahdaleh Institute as the Global Health Foresighting Research Assistant, Ailya works on Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System at the Institute for Social Research at York University, collecting data for health units across Ontario. She volunteers as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and at Sherman Health Sciences Research.

Mariya Shireen is a fourth year student in Health Studies at York University. Passionate about health promotion, Mariya pioneered an 8-week nutrition program for seniors and has worked at the Vaughan Community Health Centre as a Health Promotions Programs Assistant. As the Global Health & Humanitarianism Research Assistant at the Dahdaleh Institute, Mariya supports a project pioneering new qualitative data collection methods in humanitarian crises. Alongside this work, she is completing a certificate course in public health promotion from John Hopkins University.

Image Credit: Four student interns at the First Student Symposium/Netta Kornberg/2019

Sep
11
Wed
2019
Ocean Optimism: Oceans and Us in the Anthropocene | Current/s Seminar Series
Sep 11 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Ocean Optimism: Oceans and Us in the Anthropocene | Current/s Seminar Series @ Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Oceanic traveller, humanitarian worker, and Community Scholar Carol Devine explores our relationship to oceans through three of her sci-art projects.

Human health and wellbeing is closely tied to oceans. They are the source of most of our planet's water and half our oxygen. Oceans absorb carbon dioxide; regulate climate and weather patterns; allow us to transport goods; and provide protein, livelihoods, and medicinal products for communities globally. Yet humans continue to treat the ocean like an unlimited resource and a garbage can.

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Carol Devine illuminates the far-reaching impact of harmful oceanic practices on species health, human health, and humanitarian issues, and sheds light on innovative actions across the world that work to protect the oceans.

Speaker Bio

Carol Devine is Community Scholar of Health, Environment & Climate Change at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and a Humanitarian Affairs Advisor with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada. She co-leads a project on climate, environment and health for MSF and has contributed to the 2018 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change. Carol is also a writer, conceptual artist and social scientist who has led and participated in ocean pollution and research initiatives in the UK, Arctic and Antarctic.

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Image Credit: Icebergs in the High Arctic / Carol Devine / 2008 / Brocken Inaglory / From the series Black Carbon, Not Cool

Managing climate risks: adaptation without borders | External
Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Managing climate risks: adaptation without borders | External @ Overseas Development Institute and streamed online

Please note: time is in GMT +1. This event is presented by Overseas Development Institute.

Welcome remarks
James Cameron – Chair, ODI

Chair
James Corré – Programme Director, Wilton Park

Panel
Emma Howard-Boyd – Chair, Environment Agency and UK Commissioner, Global Commission on Adaptation
Rebecca Nadin – Head of Risk and Resilience, ODI
Ayman Cherkaoui – Coordinator, Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and Climate Change Lead Counsel, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
Further panellists to be announced

Closing reflections
Måns Nilsson – Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Description
We live in a globalised world. Just as people, goods and services cross borders, so do the impacts of climate change and our subsequent adaptation responses. A localised drought, occurring more frequently and intensely as a result of climate change, disrupts a global supply chain, which in turn affects consumers many thousands of miles away. An adaptation response, to increase irrigation by tapping a transboundary river, affects a shared ecosystem and shifts sensitive political dynamics across a region. The stakes are high, yet our current adaptation plans often fail to recognise or account for such transboundary risks or our global interdependence.

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, ODI and Wilton Park convene a high-level discussion to present new research on transboundary climate risk. Together with our partners, SEI and IDDRI, we are also launching a new initiative–Adaptation without borders–to harness the international cooperation needed to effectively govern and manage such risks.

We explore how we can raise visibility of transboundary climate risks, gather evidence and analysis, build connections between stakeholders and drive action from both policy-makers and practitioners, to ultimately reposition adaptation as a global public good.

We cannot afford to wait. The last four years were the hottest on record. Winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. As governments grapple with the adaptation actions required today and tomorrow, we must complement local action with enhanced multilateral cooperation–'adaptation without borders’ is a global imperative.

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Sep
18
Wed
2019
James Orbinksi Talk: Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
James Orbinksi Talk: Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration @ Drawing Room, Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa ON

This event will be presented by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Global economic inequities, violence and war, and environmental catastrophes aggravated by climate change, ensure that the numbers of people seeking asylum will continue to increase in the years to come. CAHS Fellows and other researchers have a crucial role to play in bringing evidence to this urgent policy issue. Discussion will explore the interplay of human rights, social policy and clinical practice in refugee health, identify best practices and gaps in existing knowledge, and explore the implications of current research and emerging challenges to address the health needs of refugees in Canada.The goal ultimately is to identify best practices in Canada and specific strategies to improve the health outcomes of refugees seeking protection Canada.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Orbinski OC, MSC, MD, MA
Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University
Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Health Policy & Management, York University

Moderator: Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra, DPhil (Oxon)

Dr. James Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as one of the world’s leading scholars and scientists in global health. He is a veteran of many of the world’s most disturbing and complex humanitarian emergencies. He is a founding member of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Canada and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization in 1999.

Sep
19
Thu
2019
WE Day featuring James Orbinski
Sep 19 all-day
WE Day featuring James Orbinski @ Scotiabank Arena

WE Day brings together 20,000 students and teachers who have made a difference in their local and global communities. Together they will enjoy a day of performances and motivational speeches. It takes place in 15 cities.

WE Day Toronto will feature Director James Orbinski as a speaker, alongside David Suzuki, Dr. Pamela Palmater, and others, as well as performances by Scott Helman, Rupi Kaur, Sarah McLachlan, SonReal and Tegan and Sara.

Sep
25
Wed
2019
Mark Terry Speaks at YorkU Sustainable Development Goals Day
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mark Terry Speaks at YorkU Sustainable Development Goals Day @ Founders Assembly Hall, YorkU Keele Campus

Event hosted by the International Relations Student Association at York (IRSAY)

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Day, or the Global Day to Act for SDGs, happens annually on September 25 th, commemorating the day that the SDGs were adopted by the United Nations back in 2015. The aim of this event is to be an open platform to spread awareness and education of the SDGs to the York University community. The event also aims to show the multiple initiatives that York University community members can join to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs at the local level.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will speak on the Expert Panel on the Sustainable Development Goals about the Youth Climate Report and how the UN is engaging youth in climate discussions. The panel takes place from 1-3pm.

For full event details, visit yorku.campuslabs.ca/engage/event/135085

Research Trip Report-Back: Field Trial in the Cox’s Bazaar Refugee Settlement, Bangladesh
Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Research Trip Report-Back: Field Trial in the Cox’s Bazaar Refugee Settlement, Bangladesh @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Technical Advisor Matt Arnold recently spent six weeks in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh – the world’s largest refugee settlement – implementing the Safe Water Optimization Tool. Matt will describe the project and its background in order to encourage questions and discussion about this and similar interventions and their contexts.

Matt Arnold started as a Technical Advisor at The Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research in June 2018. Prior to moving to Canada, he worked for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders as a Water and Sanitation Advisor at HQ level and as field staff since 2003. This work necessitated supporting and implementing water supply and sanitation projects in all types of humanitarian emergencies – from natural disasters and disease outbreaks to population displacements. With an educational background (MSc) in Hydrogeology, and a keen interest in Public Health and water quality, Matt is interested in conducting research on issues in these domains with a view to improving the quality of water supplied in humanitarian responses.


Image Credit: Panorama of Cox's Bazar Refugee Settlement/Matt Arnold/2019


Sep
27
Fri
2019
Mark Terry Leads Group at Global Climate Strike Toronto
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On September 27th, Toronto will see its biggest strike and march for climate justice. It is hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, who invites adults to join youth strikers in solidarity, and is backed by the S27 Coalition, a diverse group of activists, union members and individuals just like yourself.

A group from YorkU will be there, led by Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry. The group will meet in front of the legislative building at 11:00 am, then moving towards University Avenue at noon when the march begins. You can recognize Mark from the "Youth Climate Report" banner he'll be holding, and the image below.

Join the facebook event or contact Mark directly to participate.

Facebook: facebook.com/events/676665396177407

Email: marktery@yorku.ca

For more information on the event: globalclimatestrike.net

The Climate Strike March in Toronto takes place on Friday, Sept. 27 at 11:00 am at Queen's Park.

headshot of a man (Mark Terry) in front of a blank wall

Sep
30
Mon
2019
Expert Panel Meeting II: CWQ + SAM Project
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Expert Panel Meeting II: CWQ + SAM Project @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Please note: this is a closed event

The Second Expert Panel Meeting for the Chemical Water Quality & Malnourished Child Health project is to discuss provisional chemical water quality guidelines for intensive therapeutic feeding centres where children with severe acute malnutrition receive treatment.

Concerns about chemical water quality in intensive therapeutic feeding centres (ITFCs) have persisted among humanitarian fieldworkers for a decade, yet there are no established guidelines for the chemical makeup of water added to the therapeutic products used to treat children with severe acute malnutrition. The Chemical Water Quality & Malnourished Child Health project seeks to address this gap by establishing the first chemical water quality guidelines for ITFCs in humanitarian response.

The Second Expert Panel Meeting brings together experts from the University of Oxford, The Hospital for Sick Children,  University of Tampere, Médecins Sans Frontières, and McGill University to discuss provisional upper limits of intake for select electrolytes and minerals for SAM children with the aim of establishing provisional water quality guiadance for ITFCs.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the seminar Bridging Research + Practice: Case Study of Chemical Water Quality and Child Malnutrition in a Humanitarian Setting on October 23rd, in which the project lead will tell the story and science behind the endeavour.

Oct
2
Wed
2019
Modeling of Climate Change, Salinity, Health Impacts and Conflict in Coastal Bangladesh | Seminar
Oct 2 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Modeling of Climate Change, Salinity, Health Impacts and Conflict in Coastal Bangladesh | Seminar @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Coastal Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, cyclones and increasing salinity. While we can identify some ways in which climate change impacts upon health, such as by intensifying conflict, our understanding is far from comprehensive. Myriad factors, bound together in complex causal relationships, play a part. This talk will introduce a project which aims to use the Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Framework and system dynamics and agent based-integrated technique to model these relationships as they occur in Bangladesh. The goal of the presentation and ensuing discussion is to work through some of the challenges in conceptualizing and communicating about this highly complex endeavor.

Speaker

Dr. Byomkesh Talukder is the inaugural Planetary Health Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (York University), where he works at the intersection of health, sustainable development, climate change, food and agriculture.


Image Credit: Satellite imagery of coastal Bangladesh / Hoepffner et al., 2008

Oct
10
Thu
2019
Indigenous Lecture Series: Dr. Lynn Lavallée | External
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Indigenous Lecture Series: Dr. Lynn Lavallée | External @ Second Student Centre

This event is part of the 2019-2020 Indigenous Lecture Series on Indigenous Health and Decolonisation, presented by the School of Health Policy & Management and the Faculty of Health, York University

Dr. Lynn Lavallée is Interim Director and Professor, School of Social Work and FCS Strategic Lead, Indigenous Resurgence, Ryerson University.

As an Anishinaabek Qwe registered with the Métis Nation of Ontario, Lynn Lavallée’s ancestral roots stem from the Anishinaabe and Métis (Algonquin, Ojibwe and French) from Sudbury, Temiscaming, Timmins, Maniwaki and Swan Lake regions. The family names from her mother’s ancestry include Labelle, Lafond, Godon, and McIvor and on her father’s side includes Gauthier, Pepin, Taylor, Richard, Caya/Cada and Lavallee/Lavalley dit Paquette.

Lavallée has extensive university administrative experience, which she feels has been necessary in advancing Indigenous knowledge in the academy and supporting Indigenous students, staff and faculty. Lavallée began her academic career in 2005 at Ryerson University in the School of Social Work and is currently the FCS, strategic lead, Indigenous resurgence after recently returning from the University of Manitoba where she held the position of vice provost, Indigenous engagement. Her areas of expertise include: Indigenous resurgence; Research ethics, including Indigenous ethics; Indigenous health and well-being; and Indigenous research methodologies

For more information, visit: eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-lecture-series-dr-lynn-lavallee-tickets-70278116739 

Oct
16
Wed
2019
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility @ University of Göttingen, Germany

The workshop "Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility" explores mobilities in any cultural, historical, and (trans-)medial scene and configuration, and follows the dynamics of ideas, texts, images, affects, styles, things and objects, and people on the move over real and imaginary spaces and boundaries. It is especially concerned with representations and discourses of mobility across different periods, cultures, genres, and media and the techniques that render the aesthetic object mobile in all kinds of translations, adaptations, and networks of transfer and transformation. Finally, mobility has itself proven to be a ‘travelling concept’ (Bal 2002) that mobilises inter- and transdisciplinary research and suggests new routes across disciplinary terrains.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will deliver the Keynote Address, entitled Audience Mobilization: New Approaches to Documentary Film Engagement.

Oct
23
Wed
2019
Bridging Research + Practice: Case Study of Chemical Water Quality and Child Malnutrition in a Humanitarian Setting
Oct 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Bridging Research + Practice: Case Study of Chemical Water Quality and Child Malnutrition in a Humanitarian Setting @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Concerns about chemical water quality in intensive therapeutic feeding centres (ITFCs) have persisted among humanitarian fieldworkers for a decade, yet there are no established guidelines for the chemical makeup of water added to the therapeutic feeding and rehydration products used to treat children with severe acute malnutrition.

In this seminar, Dr. Syed Imran Ali will tell the story and the science behind his research to establish the first chemical water quality guidelines for ITFCs in humanitarian response.

Dr. Syed Imran Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He has worked in crisis zones and led research with Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He is now the inaugural Global Health & Humanitarianism Research Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University.

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Image Credit: The MUAC test shows that this child is manourished © African Visuals Media/Malteser International


Nov
7
Thu
2019
James Orbinksi Speaks at Annual Banff Forum
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day
James Orbinksi Speaks at Annual Banff Forum @ Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Dahdaleh Institute Director James Orbinski will speak at the 2019 annual Banff Forum. Held every autumn in a different location in Canada, the annual Banff Forum brings together young and emerging leaders of Canada across all sectors to enhance their leadership skills and contribution to Canada.

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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