Gairdner Science Week 2023

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

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In partnership with IDRC, SickKids Centre for 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 by Dr. Janet Rossant, President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

9:05 - Introduction by Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, 2022 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award; Co-Director, Director of Research, Centre for Global Child Health, SickKids

9:10 - Keynote by 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

9:45 - 2023 Canada Gairdner Early Career Investigator Competition Winner

10:00 - Dr. Anne CC Lee, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director of Global Pediatric Newborn Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

10:20 - Bio Break

10:30 - Dr. Zubia Mumtaz, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Professor of Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

10:55 - Dr. Cesar Victora, MD, PhD, 2017 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award; Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil

11:15 - Roundtable Discussion

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

Participants: Dr. José Belizán, Dr. Anne CC Lee, Dr. Zubia Mumtaz, Dr. Cesar Victora, Gairdner ECI Competition Winner

11:45 - Networking Session & Lunch

12:30 - End of Event


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