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Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and
Lecture
Each year, the Chanchlani Research Centre celebrates an outstanding scientist in the field whose research impacts global health through the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award. Created by the Chanchlani family and McMaster University in 2012, the scholar is selected by an internal committee in conjunction with the Global Health Office led by Dr. Andrea Baumann.

Dr Nadine CaronDr Nadine Caron was the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award recipient for 2021. She delivered a very powerful lecture Perspectives of a First Nations physician in Canada: Do you ever wonder what we think? on March 8, 2021 (International Women's Day) over Zoom.

Dr Caron is a surgeon, researcher, and professor at UBC, the inaugural First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC, and a founding co-Director and consultant for the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. She is also an associate professor at the Centre for American Indian Health at John Hopkins University, a Senior Scientist for the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, and an adjunct professor at the University of Nothern British Columbia. Her research focuses on access to equal health status and health care services and pathways to these for marginalized populations, including Indigenous, northern, and rural populations.

 

2020

Dr. Jonathan Patz

Dr Jonathan Patz is a pioneer in the study of the connection between climate and health. He organized the first American Public Health Association discussions and resolutions on climate change, setting the stage for more than two decades of work establishing this field of health science and communicating its importance to policymakers and the public. For more than 15 years, he served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. His lecture explored ways in which climate change mitigation policies in the energy, food, and transportation sectors can substantially reduce the global burden of chronic diseases.

2016

Dr. Vikram Patel

Dr. Vikram Patel, co-founder and former director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, presented a talk titled The Black Dog: Why We Don’t Care. 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 considered the assumptions and myths which underpin this inaction and the knowledge base which addresses these. The lecture proposed the necessary steps for the global health community to address one of the most neglected health conditions of our times.

 

2019

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, senior fellow, Satcher Health
Leadership Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute, presented the most recent Chanchlani lecture titled Tools for Achieving Health Equity: Allegories on Race and Racism. Dr. Jones’ talk explored the ways in which racism contributes to health disparities. In her work, she examines the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate so that it includes not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health, including poverty, and the social determinants of equity, including racism.

2015

Professor Ab Osterhaus

Professor Ab Osterhaus, virologist and head of the Department of Virology of the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, presented From Zoonosis
to Pandemic in a Changing World
. His 2015 lecture discussed the links between zoonosis – or infectious diseases of animals that can naturally be transmitted to humans – and pandemics in our changing world. Osterhaus is a worldrenowned virology professor from the Netherlands.

 

2018

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD DrPH-Tufts University, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, presented A Global Perspective In Preventing
Cardiometabolic Diseases: From Discovery To Policy
. In this talk, Mozaffarian discussed the growing epidemic and global burden of cardiometabolic diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are a leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries. His presentation focused on the critical role of nutrition in tackling these global health issues.

2014

Dr. Hans Rosling

The late Dr. Hans Rosling – known for his very animated lectures – gave the Chanchlani Global Health Research lecture on Feb. 24, 2014. Named one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012 by Time magazine, the international health professor passed away in 2017. His Chanchlani lecture was focused on sustainable global development.

 

2017

Dr. John Ioannidis

Dr. John Ioannidis, C. R. Rehnborg chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University and professor of medicine and health research and policy, presented a lecture titled Improving Research Practices: A Global Challenge. In his talk, Ioannidis surveyed the current status of research practices, examining how these affect the utility of scientific research in biomedicine and beyond. He also explored the pros and cons of suggestions that have been made for improvements, taking into account the current and future global landscape of research.

2012

Drs. Madhukar and Nitika Pai

In 2012, the inaugural Chanchlani Research Award was awarded to Dr. Madhukar Pai, Associate
Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University and his wife Dr. Nitika Pai, Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill University for their research related to the control and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV in low income countries. During their lecture, they each presented research findings from their respective fields and hosted a
roundtable discussion for MSc Global Health students and alumni and Health Research Methods students.