Beyond Borders: Building Interdisciplinary Research and Education in Global Health & Social Policy

Co-hosted with the Institute for Health and Social Policy
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The Omni Hotel

This conference brought together outstanding educators and scientists to address the challenge of developing interdisciplinary research and educational programs in social and global health, and included both state-of-the-art presentations and facilitated discussions.

We had an exciting group of participants, including keynote presentations by Dr. Allan Ronald, an internationally recognized award-winning HIV/AIDS researcher from the University of Manitoba and Dr. Carolyn Bennett, M.P. and former Minister of State for Public Health for Canada. Participants also included leading researchers and educators from McGill and Canada representing the disciplines of environmental sciences, education, law, medicine and the social sciences.

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Panel 1: New Paradigms and Challenges in Global Heath: From Basic Science to Social Science

Wet-Lab Science in Under-Resourced Settings [.pdf]
Dr. Brian Ward

Social Surveys in Low-resource Settings: Making Research Work [.pdf]
Dr. Shelley Clark

Globalization's Challenges to Health Research [.pdf]
Click here [.pdf] for presentation notes.
Dr. Ron Labonte

Panel 2: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Teaching in Silo Settings

Interdisciplinary Teaching: Moving Beyond the Comfort Zone [.pdf]
Dr. Cynthia Weston

Bridging Health and the Humanities in the Classroom
Dr. Myron Echenberg

Creating Graduate Programs that Transcend Disciplines [.pdf]
Dr. Marilyn Scott

Panel 3: New Tools for Global Health Medical

Medical Informatics & Artificial Intelligence in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) [.pdf]
Dr. Christos Tsoukas

Beyond Paperchase: Library Resources for Global Health & Social Policy [.pdf]
Deborah Meert


Building Capacity: Lessons from the Trenches [.pdf]
Dr. Allan Ronald

Panel 4: Developing a research agenda for population health

National Research Priorities in Population and Public Health [.pdf]
Dr. John Frank

Interdisciplinarity in Population Health Research and Teaching [.pdf]
Dr. Nancy Ross

Working with Communities to Develop Research Agendas [.pdf]
Dr. Harriet Kuhnlein

Panel 5: Research to Action: Connecting Social and Global

HIV Drug Resistnace: Implications for Prevention and Therapy [.pdf]
Dr. Mark Wainberg

Policymakers and Researchers: Connecting Two Different Worlds [.pdf]
Dr. Jody Heymann

Legal Research as an International Development Tool [.pdf]
Dr. Maya Prabhu


Health vs. Health Care: Putting the 'Public' Back into Public Health [.pdf]
The Honourable, Dr. Carolyn Bennett


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