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

Mar
6
Wed
2019
Reza Majdzadeh (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation
Mar 6 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Reza Majdzadeh (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building

Be part of the hiring process for the next generation of Global Health Members of Faculty.

Dr. Reza Majdzadeh has been shortlisted for a position in Global Health at the Faculty of Health. As part of the hiring process, Dr. Majdzadeh will showcase his insight and teaching style in a presentation to the Global Health Search Committee and members of the YorkU community. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Reza Majdzadeh is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, where he is based at the Knowledge Utilization Research Center & Center for Community Based Participatory Research Dr. Majdzadeh main interests are evidence-informed decision-making, using knowledge to improve health, and reducing the gap in health. He was selected as Iran’s distinguished researcher in health at the country level in 2010 and as the best teacher at TUMS in 2008.

Dr. Majdzadeh will join us remotely from Tehran.

This event is part of the Teaching & Research Presentation series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Oghenowede Eyawo (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation
Mar 6 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Oghenowede Eyawo (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building

Be part of the hiring process for the next generation of Global Health Members of Faculty.

Dr. Oghenowede Eyawo has been shortlisted for a position in Global Health at the Faculty of Health. As part of the hiring process, he will showcase his insight and teaching style in a presentation to the Global Health Search Committee and members of the YorkU community. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Oghenowede Eyawo, PhD, MPH, MSc is a CANOC Post-doctoral Fellow and Researcher at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). His primary research interest is in HIV and aging, response to antiviral therapy among HIV and hepatitis C virus-infected individuals, outcomes and health services research. He also has a keen interest in methodological aspects of study designs in observational and experimental epidemiology. At the BC-CfE, he leads a large, population-based study aimed at investigating the health outcomes and health care services utilization of HIV-positive men and women.

Dr. Eyawo is a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Scholarship Award, a Universities Without Walls Fellow — a CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research, and a Co-Investigator on a number of CIHR and US National Institutes of Health funded projects.

This event is part of the Teaching & Research Presentation series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Borders, Migration, Exclusion: The role of civil society and humanitarian aid in an increasingly polarized political context | Seminar
Mar 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Borders, Migration, Exclusion: The role of civil society and humanitarian aid in an increasingly polarized political context | Seminar @ 280N York Lanes, YorkU Keele Campus

The Centre for Refugee Studies presents DIGHR Community Scholar Linn Biorklund Belliveau in a seminar exploring the political context of humanitarian aid provision among refugee populations.

Linn Biorklund Belliveau is a researcher at Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and at Médecins Sans Frontières, and an affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her areas of knowledge include forced migration, transnational networks, climate politics, and access to care. Linn has extensive experience with non-governmental organisations and the United Nations in the fields of humanitarianism and human rights. She has worked and carried out research in East Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and is a regular guest speaker on forced migration and the politics of aid. At DIGHR she specifically focuses on the nexus of ‘climate change, migration and health,’ and related inadequacies of global migration response systems.
 
Note: This is not a DIGHR event.
Mar
7
Thu
2019
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

90min | Dir. Renzo Martens | 2009

Artist Renzo Martens tells the Congolese their poverty is their greatest asset in this satirical documentary.

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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.

Mar
12
Tue
2019
Evidence gaps in major humanitarian response: SPHERE guidelines for WaSH under review | Discussion
Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Evidence gaps in major humanitarian response: SPHERE guidelines for WaSH under review | Discussion @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

Discussion Question: Can the DIGHR and partners identify specific research priorities which would develop evidence-based guidance for the gaps identified by Frison et al?

Primary reading: Frison et al. (2018) Does the Humanitarian Sector Use Evidence-informed Standards_ A Review of the 2011 Sphere Indicators for Wash, Food Security and Nutrition, and Health Action. PLOS Currents Disasters

Supplementary reading (with particular attention to section 3, the back story of the SPHERE guidelines): Buchanan-Smith et al. (2005). How the sphere project came to be

Led by Dr. Imran Ali, Research Fellow, Global Health & Humanitarianism, DIGHR

This is a Journal Club event. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Implementation of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care | Discussion
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Implementation of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care | Discussion @ DIGHR Boardroom, Dahdaleh Building

Prof. Catherine Régis leads this casual talk hosted by the Global Strategy Lab to broadly discuss implementation of artificial intelligence in health care. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Catherine Régis is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and holds the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and Policy. She is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP). Before joining Université de Montréal, she was a professor at the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Law, where she directed its graduate program in health law and policies (2008-2012). She holds a Master’s degree in Health Law from Université de Sherbrooke, a Certificate in Clinical Ethics from University of Geneva and a Doctor of Law Degree (S.J.D) from University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Colleen M. Flood, focused on optimizing modes of conflict resolution so as to address health care access problems in Canada. Professor Régis has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1999 and is an accredited mediator.

The recipient of numerous prizes, scholarships and grants from, most notably, the Canada Research Chair program, Canadian health research institutes and the Fonds de recherche Société et culture du gouvernement du Québec, she is frequently called upon to act as a consultant or educator for the health industry. Catherine Régis collaborates with several interdisciplinary and international research teams, notably in the areas of medicine, management and psychology. In addition, she has served on a variety of committees in the health and social services sector, including the consultation forum for the Quebec Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec (until 2011) and the Quebec Government’s Ethical Committee on Public Health (until 2007). She has also been a visiting professor at Université de Paris V (Paris-Descartes) and at Université de Montpellier I.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Beyond Borders | Film Viewing
Mar 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Beyond Borders | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

127min | Dir. Martin Campbell | 2003

Watch Angelina Jolie save the children, save her man and harness her Girl Power™ in a film that might have asked interesting ethical questions but does a whole lot of other things instead.

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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Mar
19
Tue
2019
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

86min | Dir. Rehad Desai | 2014

Award-winning, thoroughly- researched documentary about the Marikana massacre in South Africa, during which security forces killed striking miners. We’ll watch it the week of the Sharpeville massacre anniversary, to which the Marikana massacre has been compared.

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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.

Mar
21
Thu
2019
Kristy Hackett (Program Evaluation) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation
Mar 21 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Kristy Hackett (Program Evaluation) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building

Be part of the hiring process for the next generation of Global Health Members of Faculty.

Dr. Kristy Hackett has been shortlisted for a position in Global Health at the Faculty of Health. As part of the hiring process, she will showcase her insight and teaching style in a presentation to the Global Health Search Committee and members of the YorkU community. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Kristy Hackett is a Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work is grounded in principles of global health equity, and draws on perspectives in medical anthropology and public health sciences. She aims to enhance the capacity of health systems and programs to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) outcomes in hard-to-reach populations. Dr. Hackett has led and contributed to RMNCH research projects based in North America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South/Southeast Asia.

This event is part of the Teaching & Research Presentation series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
27
Wed
2019
Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid-response Simulation | External Event
Mar 27 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid-response Simulation | External Event @ Kaneff Tower # 304, Third floor

Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid-response Simulation (ADERSIM), based at York University, holds a seminar on March 27th, 2019, for circulating the result of its research between experts and practitioners in the field of Emergency Management and related technologies. This month speakers are Professor Slobodan P. Simonovic from the University of Western Ontario, and Dr. Lin Ju from IBM Canada.

This is an open event for all who are interested. Please register and secure your spot for this seminar.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/adersim-march-2019-semiar-tickets-58598645125

Note: this is not a DIGHR event.

Mar
28
Thu
2019
The Day After Tomorrow | Film Viewing
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Day After Tomorrow | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

124min | Dir. Roland Emmerich | 2004

Climate change, sped up into a Hollywood disaster thriller.

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.

Watch the trailer

 

Schulich Research Day | External Event
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Schulich Research Day | External Event @ Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

Explore the latest research by the Schulich community in the brand new Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study and Research Building.

Panel discussion is moderated by Kam Phung, PhD Candidate in Organization Studies. Phung is part of the Blockchain for Healthy Climate team led by Dahdaleh Institute Community Scholar Joseph Pallant.

Movie Night for Friends of Doctors Without Borders
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Movie Night for Friends of Doctors Without Borders @ Room 1016, Dahdaleh Building

Friends of MSF are hosting an evening of film, food and games! Come by and enjoy MSF trivia game, prizes, free food and a screening of TRIAGE: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma.

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

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

77min | Dir. Matthieu Rytz | 2018

The urgency of climate change, at its current pace, is made clear in this documentary as the island nation of Kiribati disappears beneath rising sea levels.

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.

Watch the trailer

Apr
10
Wed
2019
Alternative Finance Mechanisms for Global Health | Lunch & Learn
Apr 10 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Blended finance instruments, most notably impact bonds, represent one of the most promising areas of social finance, including for global health. Representing multi-stakeholder partnerships involving public, private and non-profit sectors, impact bonds shift financial risk from service providers to investors, with the latter underwriting the former based on their ability to deliver positive social outcomes. In this session, we hope to explore:

a) justifications for the wider implementation of blended finance instruments;
b) its various forms and permutations;
c) lessons learned after a decade of experience; and
d) their appropriateness as alternative financing mechanisms for global health.

Led by Aria Ilyad Ahmad, Research Fellow, Global Health Foresighting

Apr
12
Fri
2019
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

70min | Dir. Kum-Kum Bhavnani | 2006

This documentary tells the stories of women in Brazil, Senegal, Israel/Palestine and India working towards justice.

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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.

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

Click here to register. Registration preferred.


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.

Watch the trailer

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.