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System Leadership and Innovation students demonstrate leadership in COVID-​19 Response

It’s no coincidence that many of the U of T students leading the COVID-19 response are part of IHPME’s System Leadership and Innovation (SLI) Program. From curating resources and data to supporting health professionals and community members, several SLI students are emerging as future physician-leaders through system innovation and transformation....

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Q&A from the Audience – Understanding the Ethics of Using Restrictive Measures

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Two weeks ago, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health hosted its second COVID-19 webinar which explored the ethics of using restrictive measures in the control of infectious diseases. Responding to a pandemic through the healthcare system alone may not be effective. The...

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NAO partners with WHO on COVID-​19 information sharing

The North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO) is contributing to domestic and international efforts to reliably track and document the policy interventions by federal, provincial and territorial governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “By creating a credible, open resource that captures the timing, intensity and range...

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Natasha Crowcroft to lead WHO’s Measles and Rubella Program

Dr. Natasha Crowcroft has accepted an international leadership role with the World Health Organization (WHO) as Senior Technical Advisor - Measles and Rubella Control that she will begin later this spring. “I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge with WHO – my dream job following a decade of working...

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DLSPH Open: Taking care of ourselves and others during COVID-​19

Dear Colleagues, As we continue to adapt our teaching, research and service activities in response to COVID-19 and its related challenges, I am proud of how the DLSPH community has demonstrated resiliency and come together to support each other. Adapting to significant change and uncertainty has an impact on productivity...

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U of T infectious disease expert’s AI firm now part of Canada’s COVID-​19 arsenal

By Geoffrey Vendeville at U of T News On New Year’s Eve, the software company BlueDot pushed out a notification to its customers about a mysterious illness that appeared in Wuhan, China. The start-up, which grew out of Dr. Kamran Khan’s research at the University of Toronto, combines natural language processing...

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CPTP is now CanPath

The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is now CanPath, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health. This change is the result of extensive consultation with scientific leadership, funders, regional cohorts, participants and the National Strategic Advisory Council, in a national branding exercise that culminated on March 16, 2020. “Our Leadership Team carefully considered how the CPTP name represented the important work...

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U of T Students Create Dashboard for COVID-​19 Case Monitoring

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Two PhD students at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health have developed a dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in Canada – a tool that is proving essential for researchers and news reporters across the country. “When we have this nice figure that shows...

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Arjumand Siddiqi appointed Epidemiology Division Head

Arjumand Siddiqi was appointed Head of the Division of Epidemiology in the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on March 20, 2020. Siddiqi is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity. She also holds appointments in...

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‘The window for action is right now’: U of T epidemiologist on the effectiveness of social distancing

As the new coronavirus continues to spread, authorities around the world are encouraging people to limit their contact with others in an effort to stem the tide. On Tuesday, for example, Ontario declared a state of emergency and announced 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 180. Alberta also declared...

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