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Past Events


Perspectives on Classification for Mental Disorders: Implications for Etiology, Diagnosis, and Intervention

April 11, 2016

Speaker: Bruce Cuthbert

National Institute of Mental Health

Title: The Engaged University and the Responsibility of its Educators

When: Monday, April 11, 2016, 11:30 am -12:30 pm (Rounds) and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Discussion)

Where: Lower Auditorium
St. Joseph’s Healthcare West 5th Site,
Seminar Rooms 1,2,3

This joint initiative by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences represents a unique opportunity to hear from one of the most influential figures in Mental Health and Addictions research in North America.

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McMaster Seminar on Higher Education Series: The Engaged University

March 31, 2016

Speaker: Arlette Zinck

Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The King’s University, Edmonton

Title: The Engaged University and the Responsibility of its Educators

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 2:30 pm

Where: Convocation Hall

This talk will focus on the lessons Arlette Zinck has drawn from her experience working with Omar Khadr, and will raise challenging questions about the educational mission of the University and its role in cultivating thoughtful members of civil society.

Intersections in Global Health

March 12, 2016

Student-Run Conference

When: Saturday March 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where: Alumni Memorial Hall
McMaster University
1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

About the Conference:

This conference will draw on the experience of experts from diverse disciplines in global health, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of this field. We hope to provide an enriched learning experience and networking opportunity for students interested in global health. Speakers come from fields of political science, law, medicine, anthropology, business, sociology and more.

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Twitter: #intersections2k16

Chanchlani Global Health Research Award & Lecture

February 23, 2016

4th Annual Chanchlani Research Award & Lecture

Recipient: Vikram Patel

Topic: The Black Dog: Why We Don't Care

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where: MDCL – Lecture Hall 1105
1st Floor Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery
McMaster University


About the Talk:

Although depression is one of the leading causes of the global burden of disease, there is little action by global or national policy makers to implement the interventions which are known to help people recover. This lecture will consider the assumptions and myths which underpin this inaction and the knowledge base which addresses these. The lecture will propose the necessary steps for the global health community to address one of the most neglected health conditions of our times.

Learn more about Vikram Patel

Laureates of Peace Lecture Series

February 29, 2016

Protecting Human Rights in Conflict-Challenges

Presented by: Alfred Orono Orono, United Nations

When: Monday, February 29, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Great Hall, University Club
McMaster University

Learn more about the Laureates of Peace Lecture Series

February 23, 2016

Peaceful Empowerment

Presented by: Marc Kielburger

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Convocation Hall
McMaster University

Learn more about the Laureates of Peace Lecture Series

Global Health Speaker Series

January 25, 2016

"Internationalization in Higher Education"

When: Monday, January 25, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where: MDCL 3024
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery
McMaster University

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2015 Global Health Program Open House

December 1, 2015

All interested applicants are welcome to join us for our annual program Open House, designed to introduce prospective students to the program.

When: Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery (MCDL) 3022


Global Health Speaker Series

November 18, 2015

"The Dutch Health Care System: Adaptivity to Innovatio

Speaker: Ms. Regine Aalders

Counselor for Health, Welfare and Sport, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

When: November 18, 2015, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Where: McMaster University, Hamilton, MDCL 3020

View the poster for this event


2015 FHS Graduate Programs Open House

November 5, 2015

Hosted by Health Sciences Graduate Studies

MSc Global Health students are invited to attend!

When: Thursday, November 5th, 2015 from 11:00am - 2:30pm

Where: McMaster University Student Centre Marketplace


2015 Canadian Conference on Global Health

November 5-7, 2015

Hosted by the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH), in partnership with the Global Health Research Capacity Training Program(GHR-CAPS)

The 22nd Canadian Conference on Global Health will provide a forum for practitioners, researchers, educators, students, policy makers and community mobilizers interested in primary health care to share knowledge, experience and promote innovation and collaborative action. This year's theme is Capacity Building for Global Health: Research & Practice.

McMaster MSc GH graduate Dan Korpal has been invited to presenthis abstract, titled Education and the health of the First Nations people of Canada on Saturday, November 7th, from 1:00-2:30pm.

McMaster MSc GH candidate Valentina Antonipillai has been invited to present her poster, titled Impacts of the Interim Federal Health Program on healthcare access and provision for refugee claimants in Canada: A Stakeholder Analysis.

When: November 5-7, 2015

Where: Hotel Bonaventure, Montreal, QC

How to Register: Registration is open! Early bird rates end September 15th


Pediatric Grand Rounds: Dr. Kathryn Maitland

October 22, 2015

Hosted by McMaster University Department of Pediatrics

"Clinical trials in critically-sick African children"

In most resource-poor hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa the admission burden of children with life-threatening illness is substantial and outcome is generally poor. Implementation
of standard emergency interventions (fluids, oxygen, transfusions, antimicrobials) are constrained by availability and cost but also by the low quality of evidence supporting these very basic aspects of supportive care.

Dr Maitland has spent the last 15 years based in Africa conducting clinical research and
trials aimed at addressing these fundemental questions in order to generate the relevant
evidence to support treatment recommendations in these settings.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 8:00am (sharp) – 9:00am

Where: McMaster University, Hamilton, MDCL 3020

For more info on Dr. Maitland and her talk, view the event poster


Fogarty International Center Special Virtual Presentation

June 16, 2015

Ron LaPorte, Ph.D.
Emeritus Director WHO Collaborating Center
Professor Emeritus Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh


The Fogarty International Center is dedicated to advancing the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

With this presentation, you are invited to the Library of Alexandria in Egypt via webcam to see how global health is being transformed by the Library of Alexandria using the internet.

Relevant websites:

SUPERCOURSE: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health

Research Methods Library of Alexandria


1st Student Conference in Population Health: Connecting for Change

May 15, 2015

Presented by the University of Ottawa

The Population Health Graduate Students' Association at the University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Institute of Population Health and the University of Ottawa Population Health Social Society, are pleased to invite you to present a paper at the first edition of the student conference: Connecting for Change. Acknowledging that much of what determines health lies outside of traditional health fields, this conference is open to students in all disciplines and levels in the health, social, and medical sciences. As the University of Ottawa promotes bilingualism, the abstract and presentation can be prepared in either French or English.


Global Health & Innovation Conference

March 28-29, 2015

Presented by Unite For Sight, 12th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all over the world from fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Where: Yale University, New Haven, CT

Registration fee: $210 Regular; $150 Student


2014-15 Arts & Science Documentary Film & Social Justice Screening Series

Feb 27, 2015

Screening: The Act of Killing

At each screening, we watch a documentary of relevance to social justice, and then have a brief discussion afterwards about the ways in which the film shapes understanding of the issues under consideration and encourages/discourages particular kinds of response.

This Friday, we’ll be showing The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, 2012), a really interesting and complex film to think about from a justice perspective.

View the poster for the 2014-15 Arts & Science Documentary Film & Social Justice Screening Series


Chanchlani Global Health Research Award & Lecture

Feb 25, 2015

Ab OsterhausRecipient: Ab Osterhaus

Dr. Ab Osterhaus, world-renowned researcher and virology professor, is the recipient of this year's Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, which recognizes a leading scholar in the area of global health.

He will accept the award on February 25, 2015 at the annual Chanchlani Research Award and Lecture, and will deliver a presentation entitled From Zoonosis to pandemic in a changing world.

When: Feb 25, 2015, 5pm - 6:30pm

Where: Health Sciences Centre
Ewart Angus – Lecture Room 1A1
Purple Section – 1st Floor
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON


CCGHR Undergraduate Global Health Forum

Feb 7, 2015

Hosted by McMaster University

On behalf of the McMaster-CCGHR Student Chapter, Brock-CCGHR Student Chapter and the University of Waterloo CCGHR Student Chapter Executive, we are pleased to announce the 2nd Undergraduate Global Health Research Forum on February 7, 2015. It will be hosted for the first time by McMaster University, and all students from diverse backgrounds and faculties are encouraged to attend.

This year’s Forum examines the role of global health research in empowering sustainable initiatives that build local state capacity in practice and strengthen social contracts in governance.

Please contact for further inquiries.

When: 8am-4pm, Feb 7, 2015

Where: McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Find out more and register online for the CCGHR Undergraduate Global Health Forum


Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy

Feb 2-3, 2015

Graduate Conference

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University, inconjunction with the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization, Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, Global Health Program, and the Centre for Climate Change proudly presents the fourth Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy:Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 4.

When: Feb 2-3, 2015

Where: MUSC, CIBC Hall, McMaster University

View the conference program

Find out more about the conference


Alumni Event: Global Health Learning Series

January 23, 2015

Photo Exhibition & Networking

Using a photo exhibition and student speaker series, Global Health program alumni want to fundraise in support of Médecins Sans Frontières’ efforts to fight Ebola while highlighting alumni experiences of global GH issues both in Canada and abroad.

When: 7-10pm, Jan 23, 2015

Where: Bridges Cafe, Hamilton

Admission: Voluntary donation to MSF

View the poster for the Global Health Learning Series


Global Health Speaker Series: Lisa Schwartz and Ross Upshur

January 14, 2015

Lisa Schwartz Ross Upshur


Ethics and Ebola: How do we address complex ethical issues in an evolving humanitarian emergency?

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues, a growing number of investigational interventions have been proposed and are being implemented. However, competing visions of 'research' in this context raise distinct ethical issues and responses. One of the early responses from WHO was the formation of an Ethics Working Group to examine the many moral dimensions and dilemmas that accompany the events and responses to the Ebola outbreak.

The complex intersection of public health emergency, humanitarian intervention and research have collectively raised difficult questions such as how to design ethical clinical research in this context? Did this particular outbreak warrant acceleration of clinical trials? How have local and global political histories created the groundwork for a humanitarian crisis? And what, if any, is the obligation to respond across borders and in dangerous, uncertain contexts? We will explore these questions and reflect on some of the process and output of the Ebola Working Group.

When: 4:30 - 6pm, Jan 14, 2015

Where: MDCL 3020

View the presentation by Lisa Schwartz & Ross Upshur

Talk: Dr. Jay N Shah, MBBS, MS, FICS

June 24, 2014

Jay N Shah'The Socially Accountable Medical School: Improving Health Status through Medical Education'

June 24, 2014

Dr. Shah is the vice-chancellor of the Patan Academy of Health Science (PAHS), in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal.

In this talk, he will discuss:

  • How to motivate doctors-in-training to work in underserved areas
  • The role of the medical school in equitable health service delivery
  • How to prepare doctors to be future healthcare policy makers

The talk will be videoconferenced to MDCL 3020, WRC, and is available for OTN connected sites.

If you have questions or would like to join by videoconference, please email Erica Walters at

[Read more about Dr. Shah's talk]

Bethune Round Table 2014

June 5-8, 2014

If you have an interest in global surgery, anesthesia or obstetrics, you will want to attend the upcoming Bethune Round Table Conference. Over 110 participants have registered, including 15 sponsored scholars from Botswana, D.R.Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

The BRT is organized with the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) and supported by the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, the Departments of Surgery and Anesthesia, McMaster Surgical Associates, and St. Joseph’s International Outreach Program.

The event is fully CME accredited, with several post-conference courses. Keynote speakers include McMaster alumni Dr. James Orbinski and Dr. Jean Chamberlain.

[Read preliminary program and register for Bethune Round Table 2014]

Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau (SACB)

June 4, 2014

McMaster hosted SACB delegation. Ongoing communication with the Department of Medicine and SACB Medical and Health Science programs.

Memorandum Signing - HRM Graduate Program

May 7, 2014

Dr. Andrea Baumann and Dr. Holger Schünemann, Chair of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, are concluding discussions with KSU, Riyadh. Dr. Mazen Hassanain (Ministry of Health/KSU). Drafts of a memorandum of understanding and agreement have been drawn up concerning involvement in the HRM graduate program. There is a meeting at McMaster with the Saudi delegation on May 7th, 2014 to sign the agreements.

Hosting Delegations - United States: Drexel University, College of Nursing

April 27-May 4, 2014

McMaster is holding an educational workshop, hosting 18 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students. Dr. Al Rundio, associate dean for post-licensure nursing programs and Dr. Bill Lorman both from Drexel University, PA, will accompany the students. McMaster faculty have been asked to address evidence-based practice and the Canadian health care system. The itinerary includes a tour of McMaster University Children’s Hospital and other health care venues available. Drexel faculty will also be teaching Special Topics in Leadership to their students during their visit to McMaster.

Hosting Delegations - Japan: Niigata University Educational Institute

March 22-29, 2014

For the 9th consecutive year, the Global Health Office is hosting health science faculty and undergraduate students from Niigata University, Japan. The delegation will learn about and explore the health education facilities and delivery systems offered at McMaster University and Mohawk College. Highlights of the week: interactive demonstrations of the problem based learning (PBL) approach, tours of simulation lab spaces and the anatomy lab.

Chanchlani Global Health Research Lecture & Award

February 24, 2014

Hans Rosling

Award Recipient: Dr. Hans Rosling MD, PhD

Professor, International Health,Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

Room: MDCL 1102 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm

[Read more about Hans Rosling's Lecture]

Global Health Speaker Series

Innovations in Global Health

September 25, 2013 - March 24, 2014

The Global Health Office developed an annual Global Health Speaker series in 2010. The series offers an exciting opportunity to share ideas and discuss global health issues.

[Read list of Innovations in Global Health speakers for 2013/2014]

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