News and Publications from 2014
2014 Talks and Conferences
José Mendoza will represent the Maternal and Child Health Equity team at the 12th Annual European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) conference in Norway from September 4-6. He will present Mohammad Hajizadeh’s work on “Paid maternal leave and childhood vaccination uptake: A multilevel analysis in 20 low-and-middle-income countries.”
On July 24 Leticia Morales (convenor), Daniel Weinstock (chair) and Jurgen de Wispelaere (presenter) are on a panel entitled “Governing Controversies in Health: Should Judges Decide?” as part of the International Political Science Association’s 23rd World Congress. The conference takes place in Montreal from July 19- 24. Jurgen will speak on “Contesting Health Controversies: A Republican Perspective on Health, Politics and Law.” Leticia will present on “Governing Health Controversies through the Judiciary.”
Leticia Morales presents “Basic Income for Keeps: A Constitutional Solution for a Political Problem?” at the 15th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Montreal (Canada), 26-29 June 2014.
Daniel Weinstock was the plenary speaker at the International Association of Constitutional Law World Congress on Constitutional Challenges: Global and Local, “Embedding the Constitution in Society (Challenges from Below)”, Oslo, Norway, June 17.
Jurgen De Wispelaere's recent conference presentations include a talk at CREUM (UdeM) and a keynote at the 60th anniversary conference of UdeM’s École de réadaptation.
Daniel Weinstock and Jurgen De Wispelaere travelled to the University of Sheffield, UK for a conference on The Nature and Value of Childhood, May 16-17, 2014. Daniel Weinstock’s talk is entitled 'On the complementarity of the ages of life: Why we wouldn't want adulthood without childhood, or childhood without adulthood'Jurgen De Wispelaere will speak on 'Political rights for Rugrats: Children in the democratic state.'
On March 21, Jill Baumgartner presented at Duke University’s Global Health Institute on “Environmental Interventions for Improving Cardiovascular Health in China.”
Dr. Frank J. Elgar gave a talk on "Relative Deprivation, Neighbourhood Social Capital and Mental Health in Canadian Adolescents" at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting in Austin, Texas, on March 22, 2014. Also at this meeting, MSc student Anthony Napoletano (Psychiatry) will present his research on "Relative deprivation and bullying victimization in Canadian adolescents."
Amm Quamruzzaman presented his ongoing research on "Governance for Health in the Global South", highlighting the political determinants of health inequality in the low- and middle-income countries at the SSMU Equity Conference. Focused on the subject of "Equity and Health," the conference took place at McGill on March 13th and 14th.
Jurgen De Wispelaere gave a lecture at the Little BIG conference, New Mexico State University, February 6th to 8th. His talk is entitled "Universal Basic Income: From Justice to Legitimacy?"
Daniel Weinstock spoke at IRCM café scientifique: Does neuroscience explain human morality? Tuesday, Feb 11. “IT’S NOT MY FAULT, MY BRAIN MADE ME DO IT!”
2014 News and Publications
Jill Baumgartner, along with a team of researchers, conducted a study in Bangalore, India, found that the use of kerosene was associated with higher rates of bronchitis, phlegm and chest illnesses compared to cleaner cooking fuels. Occup Environ Med.
Published October 23, 2014
David Wright, medical historian, was interviewed by New Books in Medicine regarding his 2011 publication, "Downs: The History of a Disability," winner of the British Society for the History of Science's 2013 Dingle Prize.
Published online Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
IHSP faculty member Frank Elgar was part of a team of researchers that conducted a study on the impact of family interaction on the mental health of victims of cyberbulling. They concluded that dining as a family reduced the detrimental impacts of being cyberbullied on adolescents. JAMA.
Published online Monday, September 1, 2014.
IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock discusses the upcoming Scottish referendum from a Quebecois perspective.
Appeared on CTV Thursday, September 11, 2014.
IHSP and McGill Political Scientist Antonia Maioni surveys public opinion on both sides of the border.
Published in the Globe and Mail, Friday September 5, 2014.
Research by Jill Baumgartner and colleagues investigates the impact of black carbon emissions on climate change and health risks in Asia. They find that black carbon exposure has a strong association with systolic blood pressure, and that its effect is strengthened by coexposure to vehicle emissions. Jill Baumgartner, Yuanxun Zhang, James J. Schauer, Wei Huang, Yuqin Wang, and Majid Ezzati. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States of America. Published July 2014.
Leticia Morales book Derechos sociales constitucionales y democracia, is forthcoming in September with Editorial Marcial Pons, Spain (with a foreword by Roberto Gargarella, a leading Latin-American legal scholar).
Daniel Weinstock and Roberto Merrill have brought together a collection of ten essays on the idea of liberal neutrality. London: Palgrave MacMillanPublished Aug 2014.
Leticia Morales is convening a workshop on “Health, Law and Policy” at the IHSP on 25 July 2014. Participants include: Jurgen De Wispelaere (McGill University), Bruce Jennings (Yale School of Public Health), Antonia Maioni (McGill University), Vardit Ravitsky (Universite de Montreal), Catherine Regis (Universite de Montreal), Keith Syrett (Cardiff University), and Daniel Weinstock (McGill University).
Researchers with the Healthier Societies Initiative find that, despite growing evidence that suggests unemployment has a role in the development and incidence of cardiovascular disease, being unemployed does not lead to an increase risk of hypertension. Juliet Rumball-Smith, Arijit Nandi and Jay S KaufmanBMC Public Health. Published May 2014
Research by Professor Baumgartner and colleagues seeks to classify gasifier stove performance and identify the best-performing stoves in order to find low-polluting alternatives to current solid fuel combustion stoves, which are the leading environmental health risk factor globally.Ellison M. Carter, Ming Shan, Xudong Yang, Jiarong Li, Jill BaumgartnerEnvironmental Science and Technology. Published May 2014
Adolescents' psychological health complaints and the economic recession in late 2007: a multilevel study in 31 countries.
Frank Elgar co-authored a study that analyzed data from the “Health Behaviour in School-aged Children' study” before and after the 2007 economic crisis. The researchers found that the 2007 recession had virtually no impact on adolescent’s psychological health. European Journal of Public Health. Published May 2014.
Celebrating our Doctral Students
Douglas Barthold received the Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2014. Congratulations Doug!
Cette ouvrage présente des arguments étoffés en faveur d’une société juste et équilibrée, où ensemble les citoyens choisissent de miser sur l’égalité.Chris Barrington-Leigh a contribué un chapitre intitulé «Comprendre l’égalité par le bien-être »
Groupe Fides inc. Institut du Nouveau Monde
Publié avril 2014
Childhood obesity has become a central concern in many countries and a range of policies have been implemented or proposed to address it. This co-authored book is the first to focus on the ethical and policy questions raised by childhood obesity and its prevention.Kristin Voigt, Stuart G. Nicholls, and Garrath Williams, Oxford Univeristy PressPublished Apr 2014
Entrevue avec Chris Barrington-Leigh par Sophie Chartier sur les mesures de bien-être des populations et l’importance du bonheur collectif.ITINERAIRE.CA (p19)Publié le 15 mars 2014
Association Among Socioeconomic Status, Health Behaviors, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States Nandi et al. find that smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity explain 68% of the association between socioeconomic status and all-cause mortality in US adults. The study suggests that reducing the socioeconomic disparities in unhealthy behaviors can also reduce the socioeconomic disparities in mortality.Nandi, Glymour, Subramanian, EpidemiologyPublished Mar 2014
Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Voigt and King discuss the global burden of disease (GBD) 2010 study, which allows a standardized comparison between health conditions with different symptoms. They highlight both the improvements and the limitations of using GBD data as a tool for policy decisions and resource allocation.
Researchers with the Maternal and Child Health Equity group explore health inequalities using DHS surveys:
Socioeconomic inequalities in HIV/AIDS prevalence in Sub-Saharan African countries: Evidence from Demographic Health Surveys Hajizadeh, M., Sia, D., Heymann, J. and Nandi, A, International Journal for Equity in HealthPublished Feb 2014
Social inequality in infant mortality: What explains the variation across low and middle income countries? Hajizadeh, M., Nandi, A. and Heymann, J, Social Science & MedicinePublished Jan 2014
Researchers with the Healthier Societies Initiative find that people diagnosed with diabetes had a 30 percent increase in the rate of labor-force exit, compared to people without the disease. Rumball-Smith, Barthold, Nandi, Heymann, Health AffairsPublished Jan 2014
Researchers with the MACHEquity group investigate HIV/AIDS gender inequalities in Kenya, Lesotho and Tanzania.
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News and Publications from 2013
What we were up to in 2013
Leticia Morales will take part at the Workshop on Factual Disagreement and Political Legitimacy, to be held at Copenhagen University, on December 16-17, 2013. Dr. Morales presentation is entitled: “Factual Disagreements about Health: (Re)considering the Legitimacy of the Courts”. Click here for more information.
This new website provides resources to help the public better understand their health systems, both through comparisons with other countries and sub-nationally. By providing user-friendly, interactive visual tools, the HSI website allows users to compare health policies across provinces, graph health care trends, and identify areas with greatest need.
World Café on Pitfalls in Health Policy Reporting
Keynote presentation to be given by Trudy Lieberman, immediate past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists in the U.S.
An interactive world café to discuss pitfalls in health policy reporting and ideas for moving forward with evidence based discussions featuring Dr. Daniel Weinstock (IHSP), Dr.
Prof. Arijit Nandi, along with members of the MACHEquity research team, will meet with experts from around the world for the annual Maternal and Child Health Equity project meeting hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 9th to 11th.
PUBLISHED: 13 SEP 2013
News and Publications
Douglas Barthold et al, American Journal of Public Health
Published Dec 12 2013
Researchers with the MACHEquity group unraveled the causes of HIV/AIDS gender inequalities in Kenya, Lesotho and Tanzania. Their research found that in Tanzania, the gender inequality in HIV/AIDS was explained by differences in the distributions of HIV risk factors between men and women. In contrast, in Kenya and Lesotho, this inequality was partly explained by differences in the effects across men and women of measured HIV/AIDS risk factors, including socio-demographic.
Published Dec 2013
Jurgen De Wispelaere, Political Studies
Published Dec 2013
Antonia Maioni, Interview with CTV News
Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013
Antonia Maioni, Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013
Chris Barrington-Leigh's research highlighted by Pierre Fortin in L'Acualité
Published Sept 6, 2013
Jurgen De Wispelaere, Disability and Society
Published Aug 27, 2013
Antonia Maioni, Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Aug 26, 2013
Jurgen De Wispelaere et al. Edited Volume published by Wiley-Blackwell
Published July 2013
Kristin Voigt interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Frank Elgar interviews on the Global Montreal, Morning News
Published March 25, 2013
Chris Barrington-Leigh, La Presse
Published Nov 26, 2012
Antonia Maioni, The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Aug 13, 2012
Antonia Maioni, Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011