Advancing health and health care through citizen engagement

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Effective health research drives positive changes in health outcomes and the healthcare system. But these changes must be equitable and accessible to all.

On April 4, join the 2022 Gairdner Wightman Award winner, Dr. Deborah J. Cook, MD, from McMaster University and Dr. Verna Yiu, MD, Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic) from the University of Alberta for a discussion on how health and health care can be improved through citizen engagement. Hear from these distinguished scholars and others on their experiences in the constantly changing landscapes of health and health care.

Call for abstracts from postdoctoral scholars:

More details to come.

We will offer a selection of complimentary food for the morning and lunch, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. A note on our effort to reduce food waste: While we understand some situations necessitate last-minute cancellations, please let us know if you can no longer attend by March 24 so we can update catering orders.


Opportunity for small group discussions:

The Institute would like to arrange small group discussions with Dr. Cook and/or Dr. Yiu, to share their expertise in various topics amongst the membership. If you are interested to participate in such a group, please contact with the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Topic or question you would want to discuss
  • Commitment to attend an in-person meeting on Foothills Campus during the afternoon of April 4

Depending on demand, interested participants would be broken into groups (according to career stage or topic, for example) and slotted into one of a few timeslots. For our planning purposes, please email no later than March 9, 2023.


8:30-8:45 | Registration

8:45-9:00 | Welcome remarks by Tom Stelfox, Janet Rossant and Kirsten Fiest

9:00-10:00 | Keynote, Deborah Cook, Canadian critical care research: From local roots to global reach 

10:00-10:40 | Rapid fire post-doctoral fellow presentations 

10:40-10:55 | Break

10:55-11:40 | Keynote, Verna Yiu: Keys to better health: Health equity and health literacy

11:40-12:25 | Moderated discussion with Deborah Cook, Verna Yiu and Todd Anderson on navigating personal, organizational, and systemic changes in health research

12:25-12:30 | Final comments

12:30-1:15 | Networking lunch and poster presentations