Gairdner Science Week 2023

October 25:Engaging Global Communities in Perinatal & Child Health Research

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In partnership with IDRC, SickKids Centre fo Global Child Health and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Gairdner brings together emerging and established leaders in the perinatal and child health fields to discuss how communities can be engaged and involved in the research process. Speakers will present their own work, compare experiences in a roundtable, and network with  students, community partners and researchers interested in pursuing their own collaborations.


9:00  Opening Remarks


Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, 2022 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award; Co-Director, Director of Research, Centre for Global Child Health, SickKids

9:05-9:35 Keynote: Journey of Perinatal Health Research: From Discovery to Population Impact 

Dr. José Belizán MD, MPH, 2023 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award; Senior Scientist, Department of Research in Maternal and Child Health, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) Argentina; Superior Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET); Researcher, Bone Biology Laboratory, School of Medicine, University of Rosario, Argentina

9:38-9:48  Challenges in evidence synthesis and evaluation

Prof. Dena Zeraatkar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Anesthesia and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University; 2023 Gairdner Early Career Investigator Competition Winner

9:51-10:11 Community-centered design to innovate solutions for small vulnerable newborns

Dr. Anne CC Lee, BSE, MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director of Global Pediatric Newborn Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

10:11  Bio Break

10:25  Session Chair 

Ms. Julie Delahanty, President, International Research Development Centre

10:30-10:50  From expectations to reality: Fostering collaborative research engagement among health system personnel in rural Pakistan

Dr. Zubia Mumtaz, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Professor of Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

10:53-11:13  Global evidence-based accountability for child health: the Countdown Initiative (2005-2023)

Dr. Cesar Victora, MD, PhD, 2017 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award; Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil

11:13-11:45  Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Dr. Stephen Lye Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health, Toronto, On, Canada

Participants: Dr. José Belizán, Dr. Anne CC Lee, Dr. Zubia Mumtaz, Dr. Cesar Victora, Prof. Dena Zeraatkar

11:45  Networking Session & Lunch (Confirmed Invitees Only)

12:30  End of Event


Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, SickKids Research Institute, 686 Bay St., Toronto, ON