World Health Summit Regional Meeting - North America, Montreal 2017

Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies 

Date: May 8-9, 2017
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Hosts: Université de Montréal + Institut de recherches Cliniques de Montréal

The Université de Montréal and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) are proud to announce that they will be hosting the 1st World Health Summit (WHS) of the M8 Alliance to be held in North America. The world leaders in global health will be attending this prestigious event, including over 800 researchers, doctors, industry leaders, decision-makers, government members and civil society actors from around the world.

Based on the theme of “Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies,” this interdisciplinary event will focus on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to health.

In pluralistic societies that welcome diversity, such as ours, many factors will impact health and the provision of healthcare, including globalization, immigration, social and economic inequalities, lifestyle, and culture. We believe that it is our mission, as scholars, to turn our attention to this important phenomenon and to analyze it in depth.

This event is one of the most important of its kind in Canada. It is with the utmost enthusiasm that we invite you to attend.

In order to explore the different aspects of the central theme, the conference will be divided into four subtopics:

New Frontiers in Medical Treatment
Development of precision medicine, rare and genetic diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance.

Health and Healthcare Delivery for Specific Groups
First Nations health, health and immigration, health in the workplace, healthcare quality and patient safety.

Environmental, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Transformation of the urban environment and its impact on the health of city dwellers, the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and its influence on healthcare costs.

Medical Education for Optimal Healthcare
Medical education and the evolution of the physicians’ role in society, the global health curriculum and the accreditation of medical schools.


Welcome Message

As the president of the 2017 World Health Summit, I am pleased to welcome you to Montreal as it celebrates its 375th anniversary.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal will host the first regional WHS meeting in North America, in partnership with the École de santé publique of the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute.

As one of the most prestigious institutions in research and health education in Canada, the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal is proud to belong to the M8 Alliance, a vast network of leaders in global health that promotes collaboration and research in fields of study that will have a crucial impact on humanity's future.

We aim to train healthcare personnel and to expand the horizons of knowledge in order to improve the health and quality of life of our fellow citizens so that they may lead healthy lives and attain their fullest potential. With this goal in mind, we have thrown ourselves into the organization of this great international annual assembly on health, since we know that we need to work together in order to succeed.

The subject of the 2017 Montreal gathering, "Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies," will give us the opportunity to create a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and to emphasize human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to healthcare.

This event is a tremendous scientific and political platform for the discussion of current issues such as immigrant and First Nations health, the appearance of new treatment-resistant viruses, the quality of life and safety of patients, health in large urban environments and the evolution of healthcare and medical education.

Happy Montreal Summit!

Hélène Boisjoly
President of the WHS
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Université de Montréal
Canada


Program

The program will be structured by four main themes:

New Frontiers in Medical Treatment
Development of precision medicine, rare and genetic diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance.

Health and Healthcare Delivery for Specific Groups
First Nations health, health and immigration, health in the workplace, healthcare quality and patient safety.

Environmental, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Transformation of the urban environment and its impact on the health of city dwellers, the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and its influence on healthcare costs.

Medical Education for Optimal Healthcare
Medical education and the evolution of the physicians’ role in society, the global health curriculum and the accreditation of medical schools.

Please note that all presentations will be given in English. Simultaneous translation will be offered for keynote presentations.

Program overview

Detailed program

All information on speakers, topics and presentations is available in our interactive program planner

 


Speakers

The  World Health Summit Regional Meeting brings together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and healthcare systems worldwide.

Among the confirmed speakers are:
(in alphabetical order)

Government Keynote Speakers

Gaétan Barrette

Minister of Health and Social Services - Quebec, Canada

Dr Gaétan Barrette is Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services since 2014. A 1985 graduate in medicine of l’Université de Montréal, Dr Gaétan Barrette became a member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1989. In 1991, he pursued a Fellowship in Vascular and Surgical Radiology at the University of California, San Diego. He currently practises at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital where he has been an active member since 1990. Dr. Barrette has been President of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec between 2006 and 2014. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Financière des professionnels inc. which manages a $2 billion portfolio. He was also a member of the Boards of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Dr Barrette participates regularly in various conferences and forums on the subject of specialized medicine throughout Quebec, across Canada and abroad.

Geoffrey Kelley

Minister responsible for Native Affairs - Quebec, Canada

Geoffrey Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in modern Canadian history from McGill University. He taught for 15 years before joining Alliance Québec for several years, then became a political attaché and chief of staff. He oversaw questions such as education, higher education, the Charter of the French language, municipal affairs and public security.

He was initially elected MNA for Jacques-Cartier in 1994. He subsequently chaired a number of committees, including the Committee on Public Administration, the Committee on Social Affairs, the Committee on Education, the Committee on Health and Social Services, and the Select Committee on Dying with Dignity. He served several times as official opposition critic for Aboriginal affairs, the Far North and the family and was also responsible for relations with the English-speaking community. He has achieved recognition above all for his role as Minister for Native Affairs and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, a position that he has occupied several times. He is serving his seventh consecutive mandate as MNA for Jacques-Cartier. In April 2014, he was appointed Minister responsible for Native Affairs for the third time.

Jane Philpott

Minister of Health, Canada

Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott led an extensive career in family medicine, public health, medical education and global advocacy for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Philpott studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario, completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto. In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto. Between 1989 and 1998, Dr. Philpott lived in Niger Republic, West Africa where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers. She practiced as a family physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital for more than 15 years and served as Chief of Family Medicine from 2008 to 2014. She also led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team – a new primary care home for 10,000 patients in Markham-Stouffville, and the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit that has trained 45 new family physicians in the community since 2010. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine. Some of her global advocacy work includes founding Give a Day to World AIDS in 2004, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Philpott was the first Family Medicine lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, where she was instrumental in helping Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family Medicine.

Keynote Speaker

Timothy Caulfield

Trudeau Fellow and Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta, Canada

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. Over the past several years he has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have allowed him to publish over 300 academic articles. He is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation and the Principal Investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary projects that explore the ethical, legal and health policy issues associated with a range of topics, including stem cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine and access to health care. Professor Caulfield is and has been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees. He has won numerous academic awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  He writes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two recent national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015).

Noel Hayman

Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service, Australia

Dr Noel Hayman was one of the first two Indigenous medical students to graduate from the University of Queensland in 1990. Noel is Clinical Director of the Inala Indigenous Health Service in Brisbane. In developing this service, he has been instrumental in demonstrating how mainstream primary health care services can be made appropriate to the needs of urban Aboriginal populations. Noel’s interests include improving Indigenous access to mainstream health services and supporting medical education in Indigenous health. Professor Hayman received the 2003 Centenary Medal for his long service to primary health care in Aboriginal communities and the 2007 inaugural Close the Gap Indigenous Health Award (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Queensland). In 2011 he was Queensland Australian of the Year. Noel is on numerous National and State Committees.

Brian Hodges

Executive Vice-President Education, University Health Network, Canada

Brian D. Hodges MD, PhD, FRCPC is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Education (OISE/UT) at the University of Toronto; the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education and Executive Vice President Education at the University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab Hospitals). He leads the AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring, an initiative to rebalance the technical and compassionate dimensions of healthcare.

Joanne Liu

International President, Doctors without Borders, Switzerland

Trained at McGill University School of Medicine and specialized in pediatrics at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine hospital, she holds a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine from New York University School of Medicine, and an International Master’s in Health Leadership from McGill University. She is also an associate professor at the University of Montreal and a professor in practice at McGill University. She has worked in many conflict zones, including in Palestine, Central African Republic, DRC and Sudan’s Darfur region.

Janet Rossant

President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation; Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus, Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

Janet Rossant, CC, PhD, FRS, FRSC is Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation. She is an internationally recognized developmental and stem cell biologist, exploring the origins of stem cells in the early embryo and their applications to understanding and treating human disease. She led the research institute at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2005 to 2015. She has received many honours and recognition for her work, including four honorary degrees, and election to the Royal Societies of London and Canada, and the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 

Speakers

David Margolis

Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Director, UNC HIV Cure Center Director, Program in Translational Clinical Research, IGHID, United States

David Margolis is Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A molecular virologist and clinical investigator, his laboratory studies the interactions of HIV with its host, aiming to translate lab bench discoveries to the clinic to aid in the treatment of HIV. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Virology and AIDS, the journal of the International AIDS Society. Dr. Margolis is the leader of CARE: The Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication. CARE is a New Vision for HIV Research.  He also is the Director of the UNC HIV Cure Center, a partnership between UNC-CH and GlaxoSmithKline, an incredibly unique public-private partnership redefining the traditional way of conducting research and focused on finding a cure for HIV.

Ali Mehdi

Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), India

Dr. Mehdi established and leads the Health Policy Initiative at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He has more than 10 years of analytical and multidisciplinary research experience, focusing on a broad range of health and demographic issues – the process, design and analytical frame for assessment of health policies; prevention of chronic diseases along with the policy instruments and institutional design for its promotion; social determinants of health; the metrics and measurement of health inequities; health financing, governance and manpower; fertility and mortality patterns; demographic dividend; drug regulation. A couple of his books are in the pipeline – India Health Report 2018 (Oxford University Press), A shot of justice – 2 volumes (Oxford University Press), Chronic diseases in South Asia (Springer), Freedoms and fragility: The challenge of job creation in Kashmir, India (Routledge).

Toby Messier

Medical student at the Université de Montréal, Canada

Fourth-year medical student at the Université de Montréal, Toby Messier founded OMEGA – Organization for Medical Education in Governance and Administration – with a group of fellow students in early 2015. He deepened his interest for management while working as a financial analyst. He now leads a research project exploring organizational optimisation trough intelligent software.
Earlier in his medical studies, Toby was responsible for partnerships for his university’s medical students’ association. He was also conducting research in the field of orthopedic surgery and was training as a high-level athlete in rowing.

Geneviève Moineau

President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Canada

Dr. Geneviève Moineau, MD, FRCPC, is President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). She previously served as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. She practices Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Dr Moineau joined the AFMC in 2011 as VP Education and Secretary to CACMS and CACME. Since 2013 as President and CEO, she has led the development of a memorandum of understanding with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association on the Canadianization of medical school accreditation, has initiated the transfer of the Canadian Graduation Questionnaire and all AAMC data on Canadians to the AFMC, and has supported the implementation of the AFMC Student Portal. She has also recently negotiated a collaboration agreement with the Conférence Internationale des Doyens et des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française (CIDMEF).

Tarik Möröy, President, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

Tarik Möröy

President and Scientific Director, Montreal Clinical Research Institute, Canada

He holds the Canada Research Chair in Hematopoiesis and Immune Cell Differentiation and is Full Research Professor at the University of Montreal and Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Until 2006, he held several senior management positions in Germany. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSBM) and Research Canada.

Marie Munoz-Bertrand

Physician consultant, Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal Volunteer physician and member of the Medical Review Panel for Doctors of the World, Canada

Marie Munoz-Bertrand is a family physician engaged in offering a dignified access to healthcare to populations in situations of extreme vulnerability often on the margin of the healthcare system. She has a broad experience with asylum seekers and refugees, uninsured migrants, persons living with HIV/AIDS as well as with populations affected by humanitarian crises which she has developed in her clinical activities and in missions with international organizations. Beyond her clinical activities, Dr Munoz-Bertrand advocates with Médecins du Monde for the right to health care for all regardless of immigration status and socio-economic status. She holds a B.Sc. in anthropology, an MD and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Montreal.

David Nathan

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Director of the Clinical Research Center and of the Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States

David M. Nathan, MD, is currently Director of the Clinical Research Center and of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Nathan focuses on the development of innovative therapies to prevent and treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to prevent their long-term complications. Dr. Nathan was one of the architects of the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and chairs its long-term follow-up. Dr. Nathan also chairs the multi-center NIH Diabetes Prevention Program and the GRADE Comparative Effectiveness Study of the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Dr. Nathan led the international Expert Committee on the Diagnosis of Diabetes. With more than 500 publications, Dr. Nathan is an internationally recognized expert on diabetes.  He was awarded the Outstanding Clinician Award by the American Diabetes Association in 2002, its Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Diabetes Research Award in 2015 and the Distinguished Scientist Award by the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH, in 2010.

John Norcini

President and CEO of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), United States

John J. Norcini, PhD has been the President and CEO of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) since its inception. FAIMER is a non-profit committed to improving world health and it has an active research program in international health professions education, physician migration, and the contributions of international medical graduates to the US healthcare system. Prior to FAIMER, Dr. Norcini held a number of senior positions at the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has published extensively, lectured and taught in many countries, and is on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals in health professions education. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) and the Academy of Medical Educators (UK). He has received numerous awards including the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education. 

Francis Omaswa

Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, Uganda

Francis Omaswa was Special Adviser to the WHO Director General and founding Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA). Prior to that, he was the Director General for Health Services in the Ministry of Health in Uganda. Among his many leadership roles in global health, he was founding chair of the Global Stop TB Partnership; one of the architects of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria; and a member of the steering committee of the High Level Forum on health-related MDGs.

Claudel Pétrin-Desrosiers

Medical student, Université de Montréal, Canada

Claudel Pétrin-Desrosiers is a medical student at the Université de Montréal. She has spent a year abroad, where she worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Following her profound involvement with the FMEQ and IFMSA-Quebec, she has become the vice-president of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, which represents over one million students across 125 countries. While studying, she contributes to STORIES FOR HUMANITY, an international participatory media project. She also oversees the organization of a major international  meeting in August 2017 in Montreal, which will gather over one thousand future doctors and residents. Her various involvements are fuelled by her profound interest in both local and universal issues: climate change, social determinants of health, Native populations, medical education, and politics. She is considering a career in public health.

Ghislain Picard

Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, Canada

Mr. Ghislain Picard is Innu from the community of Pessamit. Since 1992, he is Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), a political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. As AFNQL Chief, he sits on the Assembly of First Nations’ Executive Committee and Management Committee and he is the spokesperson for the Comprehensive claims, Urban population and International Issues portfolios. 

Vincent Poitout

Professor of Medicine at Université de Montréal Director of Research at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), Canada

Dr Vincent Poitout received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the École Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort and his PhD degree from Université Paris 6. He did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Dr. Paul Robertson. He is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Montréal. His laboratory is located within the Montréal Diabetes Research Center at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) Research Center. He is the Director of Research at the CHUM. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Associate Editor of Diabetologia, and Chair of the National Research Council of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Dr Poitout received several awards including the 2003 Thomas R. Lee Career Development Award from the American Diabetes Association and the 2009 Young Scientist Award from the Canadian Diabetes Association. Dr Poitout holds the Canada Research Chair in Diabetes and Pancreatic Beta-cell Function and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Julien Poitras

Vice-dean to social accountability at the School of medicine of Université Laval, Canada

Dr Julien Poitras is an emergency and hyperbaric physician at the Centre hospitalier affilié de Lévis of the CISSS Chaudière-Appalaches and is Vice-dean to social accountability at the School of medicine of Université Laval. Regular teacher at the Département de médecine familiale et de médecine d’urgence, he has been Postgrad Dean for four years and is mainly interested in the integration of patient safety teaching in residency programs. He collaborates with the team from the Royal college of physicians and surgeons of Canada that leads the ASPIRE initiative (Advancing Safety For Patients In Residency Education) and has been the promoter of the french version of this workshop given in Montréal in 2015.

Marie-Pascale Pomey

Associate professor in the Department of Management, Evaluation and Policy in Healthcare at University of Montréal School of Public Health, Physician at INESSS, Canada

Marie-Pascale Pomey is a physician and public health specialist. She is an associate professor in the Department of Management, Evaluation and Policy in Healthcare at University of Montréal School of Public Health and a Researcher at the University Health Centre Research Institute (CRCHUM). She is also a physician at INESSS. Dr. Pomey’s research interest is the comparison of health care systems and public policy, particularly European, Canadian and US systems. Her research also focuses on the evaluation of quality and safety programs, and on the impact of accreditation systems on health institutions in terms of the dynamics of change and the implementation of continual quality and safety improvement programs and patient involvement at the different level of the health care system.

Louise Potvin

Professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montreal, Canada

Louise Potvin is currently professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montreal and Research at the Institut de recherche en santé publique, Université de Montréal and at the Centre Léa-Roback sur les inégalités sociales de santé de Montréal. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities. Her main research interests are Population Health Intervention Research and the role of social environments in the local production of health and health equity. In addition to having edited and co-edited 8 books, she has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, editorials and comments. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Gordon Price

Former Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University (2005-16), Canada

Gordon Price is the past Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University (2005-16) and ex-Vancouver City Councillor (1986-2002). In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC.  He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999. He also blogs on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, at “Price Tags”.

Serge Quérin

Professor at the Department of Medicine at University of Montreal, Canada

Dr. Serge Quérin is a practicing nephrologist and Professor at the Department of Medicine at University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada. He has been involved in the accreditation of MD programs since 2010, first as Accreditation Lead at the Office of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Montreal. When the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada launched an interim review process (IRP) at mid-point between two full accreditation visits in 2010, Dr. Quérin was named Interim Review Coordinator (IRC) for University of Montreal and led the first IRP at a Canadian medical school, that was completed in 2011. More recently, he has served as external IRC for IRPs at other Canadian schools, as well as a member and secretary within Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools – Liaison Committee on Medical Education (CACMS-LCME) accreditation survey teams.

Lucie Richard

Director of the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM), Canada

Lucie Richard, Ph.D. is Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Université de Montréal.  She is currently director of the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM), where she also holds a regular researcher position. Her research interests lie in health promotion and disease prevention. As a research scholar she received funding in the last twenty years (NHRDP, MRC, and FRQS) which allowed the development of a vast research program on the ecological approach in public health and on health promotion. Overall, her work has covered many perspectives, from etiological analysis to evaluative research, and a wide range of health issues and populations (Funding CIHR, CHSRF, FRSQ).

Lisa Richardson

Specialist in General Internal Medicine, Canada

Lisa Richardson (Anishnaabe/European) is a specialist in General Internal Medicine and a clinician-educator in the University of Toronto's Department of Medicine.   One of her primary academic interests lies in the integration of cultural safety training and Indigenous health perspectives into medical education.  She helped to found the Office of Indigenous Medical Education at the University of Toronto, where she is the co-Lead in Indigenous Health Curriculum for the medical school and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. Lisa is a Researcher at the Wilson Centre, University Health Network, and a 2014-2016 AMS Phoenix Fellow.

Peter Robinson

Specialist in General Internal MedicineHead of the Computational Biology Group at the Institute for Medical Genetics, Universitätsklinikum Charité, Germany

Peter Robinson studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Columbia University and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed training as a Pediatrician at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. His group developed the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO), which is now an international standard for computation over human disease that is used by the Sanger Institute, several NIH-funded groups including the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, Genome Canada, the rare diseases section of the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project, and many others. The group develops algorithms and software for the analysis of exome and genome sequences and has used whole-exome sequencing and other methods to identify a number of novel disease genes, including CA8, PIGV, PIGO, PGAP3, IL-21R, PIGT, and PGAP2. 

Cécile Rousseau

Professor of psychiatry at McGill University and scientific Director of the Research Institute on health and cultural diversity SHERPA, Canada

Dr. Cécile Rousseau, MD is professor of psychiatry at McGill University and scientific Director of the Research Institute on health and cultural diversity SHERPA. She has worked extensively with immigrant and refugee communities, developing specific school based interventions and leading policy oriented research. Presently her research focuses on the evaluation of collaborative mental health care models for youth in multiethnic neighborhoods and on intervention and prevention programs to address youth radicalization.

Jim Sallis

Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego, United States

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego.  His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition, and obesity.  His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies.  He is the author of over 600 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world's most cited authors in the social sciences.  Thomson-Reuters identified him as one of the world's most creative scientific minds of since 2014. His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President's  Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and the Bloomberg-Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. He is President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. sallis.ucsd.edu

Janet Smylie

Research scientist in Indigenous health, St. Michael’s hospital, Centre for Urban Health Solutions (CUHS), Canada

Dr. Janet Smylie is a family physician and public health researcher.  She currently works as a research scientist in Indigenous health at St. Michael’s hospital, Centre for Urban Health Solutions (CUHS), where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health.  Her primary academic appointment is as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  She maintains a part-time clinical practice with Inner City Health Associates at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto.  Dr. Smylie has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Aboriginal communities both urban and rural.   She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in Saskatchewan.  Her research interests are focused in the area of addressing the health inequities that challenge Indigenous infants, children and their families through applied health services research.  Dr. Smylie currently leads multiple research projects in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations.  Dr Smylie holds a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information and was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012. 

Anthony D. So

Director, Center for a Livable Future, United States

Dr. Anthony So serves as Director of the Strategic Policy program of ReAct—Action on Antibiotic Resistance at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. So was Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and was associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity program. He has also served on the Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission on Antibiotic Resistance and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Rare Disease Research and Orphan Product Development, and was part of the Antibiotic Resistance Working Group of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology. Trained in internal medicine, Dr. So also was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco/Stanford, and recently was a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award recipient in Health Policy Research.

Paul Spiegel

Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, United States

Dr. Paul Spiegel is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and Professor of Practise in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he lectures and undertakes research in humanitarian emergencies. Previously, Dr. Spiegel was the Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also Chief of the Public Health and HIV Section (2002-2012) and the Refugee Agency’s Global HIV Coordinator for UNAIDS (2004-2016).

Before UNHCR, Dr. Spiegel worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has worked with numerous organisations including Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) and Médecins du Monde (MDM) in refugee settings in Kenya and DRC, the Canadian Red Cross, the Pan American Health Organisation, and the Centre for Victims of Torture in Toronto. He received his medical degree at the University of Toronto and his Master of Public Health and specialty in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Hosts

University of Montreal

University of Montreal and its two affiliated schools, École Polytechnique (engineering) and HEC Montréal (business) are amongst the world's top 100 universities, according to international rankings. Founded in 1878, the campus today has over 66,000 students and 2,600 professors, making University of Montreal the second largest university in Canada. Its students are drawn to the university by its deep roots in cosmopolitan Montreal and in consideration of its tenacious dedication to its international mission.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal has a threefold mission: the teaching, research, and improvement of healthcare in the fundamental sciences, clinical sciences, and health sciences sectors. Boasting  sixteen departments and two schools, it trains one third of doctors in Quebec, as well as a significant number of the health professionals in the province.

With its widespread hospital network, numerous affiliated institutes and the important responsibilities it has been given by the government of Quebec, the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal plays a prominent role in Canadian society.

The School of Public Health of the University of Montreal (ESPUM) is the only institution of its kind in Quebec and a leader in Canada and in the francophone world. It strives to be a locus of excellence and critical reflection in the teaching, research and promotion of knowledge pertaining to the public health fields. Fuelled by scientific innovation and excellence, the ESPUM offers widely recognized high-level graduate study programs.

Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Founded in 1967, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) is a non-profit organization that conducts fundamental and clinical biomedical research in addition to training high-level young scientists. With its cutting-edge technology facilities, the institute brings together 33 research teams, which work in cancer, immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, systems biology and medicinal chemistry. The IRCM also operates a research clinic specialized in hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes and cystic fibrosis, as well as a research centre on rare and genetic diseases in adults. The IRCM is affiliated with the University of Montreal and associated with McGill University. Its clinic is affiliated with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). The IRCM is supported by the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (Quebec ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation).


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Montreal: a city whose passion, joie de vivre and rich cultural heritage are legendary

Marked by its past, proud of its bicultural heritage, and further enriched by immigration, Montréal turns resolutely toward the future.

Today, Montréal is home to some 3.4 million inhabitants who represent no fewer than 80 different ethnic groups. Montréal lives up to its reputation as an international city.

The second-largest French-speaking city in the world, Montréal hosted one of the most impressive world fairs of the century in 1967 as well as the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The city donned its finest to welcome visitors and has preserved and even improved several of the attractions that it built for the two occasions. Because Montréal always loves to celebrate, it has naturally become a city of dazzling international festivals (jazz, film, comedy, fireworks, fine dining, Winter sports and so forth). The rhythm of events intensifies and visitors and Montrealers alike join in the dance. More than a few succumb to the city’s mixture of European and North American charm that both surprises and enchants.

Dynamic and modern, but respectful of its architectural heritage, Montréal successfully blends the old with the new. A trip through the past in Old Montréal and the Old Port lets you witness the origins and the growth of the colony. Museums and historical sites alternate with irresistible bistros in an atmosphere of yesteryear.

While venerating its past, Montréal also looks to the future, having earned a reputation as a world leader in leading-edge technologies such as aeronautics, information technologies and biotechnologies. Montréal is also an innovator, whether in the field of medical technology and equipment, the arts (for example, the Cirque du Soleil, modern dance and experimental theatre), information technology (software and multimedia productions) or in urban development (a unique underground city).

For those who wish to take a closer reading of Montréal’s pulse, what could be better than a stopover in some of the city’s most picturesque districts, such as the Jean-Talon Market in Little Italy, or along Saint-Denis Street in the Plateau Mont-Royal. In neighbourhood markets, boutiques, restaurants and cafés radiates the soul of Montréal, and the vitality and joie de vivre of its inhabitants.

Happy birthday Montreal

On the occasion of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, let’s celebrate Montréal’s vivacity. If the downtown core and historic Old Montréal shine year-round with international festivals and events, summer 2017 will certainly be even more special. It’s time to celebrate Montréal’s roots: its history and heritage, not to mention its identity and diversity, in high style! Festivals, tastings, church bell concerts and neighourhood tours... The list is long!

Do not hesitate to take part in Montreal's 375th anniversary

Fun facts

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their legendary Bed-In in Montréal at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel from May 26 to June 2, 1969.
  • A popular local snack is “poutine” (French fries with cheese curds topped with gravy) – absolutely delicious!
  • Our “underground city” has over 30 km (18 miles) of pedestrian walkways, indoor areas and tunnels linking 8 subway stations, 5 train stations and termini, 63 buildings, 9 major hotels, 2,000 businesses, 1,700 boutiques, 37 cinemas, theatres and exhibition halls, 10 university buildings and 43 indoor parking areas.
  • The legal drinking age in Montréal is 18. Bars and restaurants can serve beer and alcohol from 11 a.m. to 3 in the morning.
  • What others call “pastrami”, we call “smoked meat”. (By the way, our smoked meat sandwiches are to die for!)
  • An entrée here is actually an appetizer.
  • Montréal is among the 10 best cities in the world for outdoor dining, according to American travel guide publisher, Frommers.
  • In total, 80 languages are spoken in the Montréal region, including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Creole and Vietnamese.
  • Montréal ranks second to Halifax for the number of Titanic victims buried in its cemeteries (12 in all).
  • Eye contact in Montréal differs from that in other major cities. Whereas discretion is the order of the day elsewhere, Montréalers do not shy away from making eye contact with strangers.
  • With the highest number of tango dancers and dance halls on the continent, Montréal is the tango capital of North America.
  • Greeting a French-speaking person from Montréal can be confusing for visitors. The customary way to greet friends in Montréal is to kiss them on both cheeks, starting with the right, whereas Canadians in other provinces tend to keep their distance and simply shake hands.

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