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WHS Regional Meeting Montreal 2017

Newsletter March 2017

WHS Regional Meeting - North America, May 8-9, Montreal

  • WHS President Hélène Boisjoly – an introduction to the event
  • Program Highlights
  • Speaker Update

World Health Summit, Oct. 15-17, Berlin

  • Registration
  • Calls for Applications: WHS Startup Track + New Voices in Global Health

WHS Community Bulletin

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  • Germany – Land of Ideas
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WHS President Hélène Boisjoly – an introduction to the event

From the health of migrants to the Zika virus to the challenges facing indigenous peoples and migrant populations, major issues on a global scale will be addressed during the WHS Regional Meeting being held at Montreal’s Palais des Congrès on May 8-9.

“It’s really going to be a world tour of all the major health issues in just two days,” said Hélène Boisjoly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at University of Montreal, as she introduced the event program. 

“Even though certain issues affect some parts of the world more than others, ultimately we’re all impacted, because the planet is changing, due to major problems like global warming, and because we’re all human beings. We need to ask ourselves how new technologies and knowledge can help us tackle major health challenges.”

Read the entire introduction of the WHS Regional Meeting - North America, Montreal in:

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Hélène Boisjoly




Hélène Boisjoly
WHS President
Dean, University of Montreal

Program Highlights

Striving Towards a Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare Delivery: The Inala Model

May 08, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lack of appropriate health service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in Australia still remains an important social determinant of ill health. Historically, health services have been absent or inappropriate. Cultural factors, financial factors and distance from health services have been important barriers limiting indigenous access to mainstream health services. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access primary and specialist care poorly. Only five percent of our indigenous patients were accessing hospital-based specialist clinics.

- Malcom King
Simon Fraser University, Canada

- Noel Hayman
Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service, Australia

- Kahnawake Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton
Special Guest

Health Professionals in the 21st Century: What Will We Need Humans For?

May 09, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Everywhere we look, dramatic shifts in technology are changing the way we conduct our lives. Banking and buying are online. We enter a concert, a movie or board a flight with a barcode. Inside our clinics and operating rooms, robotics and systems that employ artificial intelligence are augmenting – and in some cases will one day replace – the work of human health professionals. The word often used to describe this changing landscape is “disruption”. Despite this, health profession education is proving very slow in preparing for the changes ahead.

- Pierre Fournier
Dean, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal, Canada

- Brian Hodges
Executive Vice-President Education, University Health Network, Canada

All details on speakers and sessions are available in interactive Program Planner >

Speaker Update

About 90 speakers from 11 countries will bring expertise to the WHS Regional Meeting in Montreal. Among them are:

Clare Bambra
Director, Centre for Health and Inequalities Research, University of Durham, UK

Basile Chaix
Research Director, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Stephen C. Groft
Senior Advisor to the Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH, USA

David Margolis
Director, UNC HIV Cure Center, USA

Marie Munoz-Bertrand
Medical Consultant, Montreal Regional Public Health Department Faculty of Medicine, Canada

Cécile Rousseau
Scientific Director, Research Institute on Health and Cultural Diversity SHERPA, Canada

Jim Sallis
University of California, San Diego, USA

Click here for a comprehensive list of speakers >

World Health Summit, Oct. 15-17, Berlin


Badges, World Health Summit

3 Days – 40 Sessions 200 Speakers – 1,600 Participants – 80 Nations

From October 15–17, the 9th World Health Summit will draw international experts from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society to Berlin.

The world’s foremost strategic forum for global health, the event promotes thought leadership in science and advances global health agendas.

Book your ticket now - special offers are available until July 31, 2017 >

Calls for Applications

Pitch Competition 2016

WHS Startup Track

Held under the high patronage of Hermann Gröhe, Germany's Federal Minister of Health, we are looking for outstanding ideas that have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and improve global health. Attending the WHS provides young entrepreneurs with access to world leaders in science, industry and politics, and gives them unparalleled opportunities to set up future collaborations and get to know potential mentors, investors and advisory board members.

Application >
Deadline: June 30, 2017

New Voices in Global Health poster exhibition New Voices in Global Health poster exhibition

New Voices in Global Health

The New Voices in Global Health initiative promotes the active participation of young scientists in the World Health Summit. Selected candidates will present their work in a special poster exhibition during the conference and profit from its strong international network. The issues addressed must be relevant, reflect current challenges and show originality in the overall field of Public and Global Health.

Applications >
Deadline: June 30, 2017

WHS Community Bulletin

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Berlin is proud to welcome renowned health experts to the World Health Summit in the German capital. Along with first-class health services and scientific conferences, Berlin also provides varied cultural experiences.

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Deutschland - Land der Ideen

"Germany – Land of Ideas” is the place-branding initiative founded by the federal government and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Its aim is to make Germany visible and identifiable – both domestically and internationally – as a powerful innovator and creative force.

Learn more about this initiative >

Call for Young Global Changers

In the context of Germany's G20 presidency in 2017, the Think 20 (T20) network of premier think tanks from the G20 economies will gather in Berlin from May 29-30, 2017. Having GLOBAL SOLUTIONS as its motto, the summit will bring together the world’s foremost think tank experts and Nobel laureates to deliver implementable policy recommendations for G20 leaders.

In order to provide views and ideas of the next generation, outstanding early-career professionals are invited to attend the conference and dedicated side-events.

Apply today >

WHS Regional Meeting North America

Montreal, Canada
May 8-9, 2017

World Health Summit

Berlin, Germany
October 15-17, 2017

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