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Liu Scholars receive highly competitive IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
Reza Kowsari, Arvind Saraswat, Beth Stewart
In the recent International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Awards competition, Liu Scholars won three of 21 grants awarded across Canada.
Global Focus: UBC researchers call for “social offset” to tackle neglected tropical diseases
Jerry Spiegel, Shafik Dharamsi
Public health and international development experts at the Liu Institute are calling for a “social offset” mechanism to set aside a portion of research funding slated for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) to address broader social determinants of disease.
Global Focus: Rape in the DR Congo: Canada, where are you?
Africa Canada Accountability Coalition
On September 14, 2009, the Africa Canada Accountability Coalition, a student led initiative at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, spoke before the Canada Senate Committee for Human Rights about why and how Canada should address mass rape in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo; regions where mineral exploitation fuels a conflict that preys upon women and girls, and where Canada is the largest non-African investor in the mining industry.
Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology
Milind Kandlikar
This work focuses on quantifying the health risks from nanoparticles using expert judgment; I also work on how scientists view the regulation of health risks from nanotechnology.
Global Health Governance Book Project
Mark Zacher
Mark W. Zacher (Professor and Senior Research Fellow) and Tania J. Keefe (Research Fellow) are currently putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming publication on global health governance. The book, which is entitled the Politics of Global Health Governance: United by Contagion, examines the significant changes within and strengthening of the global health governance regime that has occurred since the early 1990s. It explains how and why cooperation between states and non-state actors occurs in the health field, and draws out lessons from the health field into a broader framework to explain cooperation within International Relations in general. The book will be published by Palgrave Macmillian (New York) and is expected to be released in May 2008.
Community of Practice in Ecosystems to Human Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
Jerry Spiegel
This IDRC project has allowed us to create opportunities for deepening understanding and excellence while creating new possibilities for involvement among researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and communities. The COPEH that we intend to build is a network of partnerships of trans-disciplinary, multi-agency, community-linked, international expertise, based on the three pillars of an eco-health approach: trans-disciplinary, participation and equity.
Developing a Research Program on Globalization, Social Organization and Health
Jerry Spiegel
This Canadian-Cuban-Mexican collaboration is investigating the effects on health that are attributable to the impact of globalization on the social organization within our communities. Specifically, the program of research seeks to develop greater clarity around conceptual frameworks and then build on this to develop methodologies and research protocols for conducting cross-country studies that in turn can provide insights into the forces at play, the health implications and policy options for mitigating the negative effects of globalization.
A Collaborative Cuban-Mexican-Canadian Pilot Study of the Impact of Tourism on Gender and Health in Coastal Communities
Jerry Spiegel
With the support of the Global Health Research Program, a strong multi-disciplinary team of Canadian, Cuban and Mexican researchers was assembled to 1) improve understanding of the impact of globalization on upstream political, cultural, social and economic determinants of health; 2) generate hypotheses as to the pathways involved so that these can be pilot tested through analysis of relevant indicators as well as field research; and 3) consider policy implications.
Applying an Ecosystem Approach to Sustainably Prevent and Control Dengue in Central Havana, Cuba
Jerry Spiegel
This IDRC funded project, conducted in Centro Habana, Cuba (one of 15 municipalities in Havana City) was developed to implement and evaluate an integrated dengue surveillance system. It built on the recently completed, IDRC-funded project “Applying an Ecosystem Health Approach to Evaluating Health Interventions in Centro Habana”, which had demonstrated a highly productive and effective partnership between Canadian researchers and Cuban researchers and contributed considerably to new world knowledge.
Building an Ecosystem Health Research Program on Effective Methods for Preventing Vector-borne and Other Infectious Diseases in the Americas
Jerry Spiegel
This interdisciplinary research program is enabling researchers from Mexico (based at the National Institute for Public Health) and Canada (based at the University of British Columbia and the BC Centre for Disease Control) to collaboratively develop a program of research around the theme of effective methods for controlling and preventing vector-borne and other infectious diseases. This program will not only serve to rapidly initiate new specific research projects in this area, but will accelerate the establishment of further research collaborations throughout the Latin American region, where development of such capacity is needed.
Building Interdisciplinary Capacity in Environmental Health Risk Assessment and Management Across Cuba
Jerry Spiegel
This project aims to strengthen the capacity of the Cuban partner institutions to upgrade their teaching programs in environmental health at the diploma, Masters and PhD levels across Cuba. The philosophy of the project is that of sustainable development and inter-sectoral collaboration, including strong collaboration with industry and government authorities in Cuba. It brings together expertise in population health, economic evaluation, environmental management, health and database research, and information transfer.
Social Organization and health in a Globalizing Era: What We Can Learn From the Cuban Paradox
Jerry Spiegel
This CIHR sponsored pilot study will develop a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analytic approach to assess health determinants in Cuba, with the goal of delineating “pathways” that affect the “social construction of health”, the framework employed in Cuba and analogous to the determinants of population health model widely adopted in Canada
Sustainably Managing Environmental Health Risk in Ecuador
Jerry Spiegel
This project was established to build human resources and institutional capabilities to reduce health impacts associated with environmental health risks in this low-income country. In order to achieve health and ecosystem outcome improvements, this 6 year CIDA-funded University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development (UPCD) project relies on the strengthening of links between universities and communities as well as the creation of a regional network involving Latin American centres of excellence in Cuba and Mexico to enhance sustainability.
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