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The Enkin Lectureship

Enkin Lectureship posterDr. Murray Enkin, Professor Emeritus of the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and his wife Eleanor Enkin have made many important contributions to clinical research in pregnancy and childbirth, and have been strong advocates for family centered maternity care, for consumers' choices in obstetrics and for midwifery. More generally, they have been advocates of a wider view of science in the service of humanity. They have spent a lifetime challenging clinical and scientific consensus.

Dr. Enkin has been a family physician, obstetrician, prenatal educator, medical researcher and clinical epidemiologist. He and his collaborators were instrumental in the development of systematic reviews of diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive care in pregnancy and childbirth which flowered in the Oxford Database of Perinatal Trials, Effective Care in Pregnancy which, in turn, led to the develoment of the Cochrane Collaboration.

In addition to his expertise as a clinician, educator and scientist, Dr. Enkin has been a profound and outspoken skeptic about the value of technology in care, a passionate advocate for the importance of considering alternative forms of care outside the "medical model" and for the critical role of support, caring and nurturing, and a vigorous promoter of the autonomy and vital role of the consumer in health care. The Enkin Lectureship reflects a focus on the essential role of science on the service of humanity, and the restoration or introduction of humanitarian values into science in general, and into clinical research in particular.


Enkin Lectureship | 2017

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Alex Jadad

Director, Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation
Founder, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Senior Fellow, Massey College, Toronto, Canada

On birth, death, and how to enjoy the interval

Alex Jadad
“There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy
the interval”.
This dictum, by the philosopher George Santayana, has played a major role in the deep and broad-ranging friendship that Alex Jadad and Murray Enkin have nurtured for close to three decades.

In this last Enkin Lectureship, Alex together with the audience,
will co-create a dialogue based on the similarities between
birth and death; the meaning of health, happiness and love;
and how to enjoy a full life, from our first to our last breath.

Join us for a special reception at 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy coffee, refreshments, and a chance to meet the Enkins 

Dr. Jadad is a physician, educator, researcher, innovator, entrepreneur and public advocate, whose mission is to enable all people to live full, healthy and happy lives, in love, until their last breath. He has been called a “human internet”, as his work seeks to identify and connect the best minds, knowledge and tools in the world to improve our capacity as a species to imagine, invent and promote better approaches to living, healing, working, playing, loving and learning as part of a flourishing planet.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017


For more information contact: Asma Suleman 905.525.9140 ext. 26655