The Chanchlani Global Health Research Award was created by the Chanchlani Family and McMaster University in 2012 to recognize a leading scholar in the area of Global Health. The Scholar will be selected based on his or scholarly contributions to Global Health. Each year a discipline within Global Health (i.e. Determinants of Health, Policy Development, Innovative Solutions) will be chosen, and an internal review committee at McMaster will review leading candidates.
The successful applicant will receive a monetary prize of $5,000 CDN, and travel and accommodations will be covered to enable the scientist to visit Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a minimum of three days to receive the award. During that time, he or she will present a state-of-the-art lecture to researchers, and present a lecture of more general interest to the McMaster University community on a Global Health topic of broader scope. Opportunities for informal scientific exchanges between the scientist/scholar and faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate medical students will be emphasized during the visit.
On February 12, 2018, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian arrived in Hamilton for two days of sharing and presenting ideas to global and population health researchers. He was the 2018 recipient of the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award. Monday's events culminated in a well-attended lecture by Faculty, and students on the current state of nutrition science, including issues with the current perception of nutrition, and ideas for changing the food culture and system.
Even though most of the attendees aren't nutrition specialists, Dr. Mozzafarian had a captive audience for the entire lecture. He ensured everyone could understand his points, and everyone had a stake in it - because it is our own health he’s talking about – we all want to know how to eat healthily. He explained the history of nutrition, and why there seems to be a lot of confusion in the field. He also provided a rule of thumb he gives to people when asked: "Eat foods that give rise to life", namely foods that also generate other life matter (if not eaten), like nuts, seeds, fruits, grains.
To reduce the confusion about food, Dr. Mozzafarian suggested systemic changes that could be put in place so that people can know what they are actually buying and differentiate healthier choices from their counterparts. To change a system successfully, products, culture, and environment changes need to take place. He proposed some policies that could be implemented to encourage some of these changes, most of which he is working with others in the United States.
After the lecture, Dr. Jaya Chanchlani presented Dr. Mozaffarian with the Chanchlani and Global Health Research Award.
Dr. John Ioannidis came and spoke to a packed room on February 6. His lecture, Improving Research Practices: A Global Challenge was about some of the pitfalls in the current structure of the scientific community today. He addressed issues including the requirement from funding sources to have a "deliverable", and the lack of incentive (in fact, quite the opposite) for failure and openness and transparency in how a study was conducted. He discussed possible remedies, and what it would take (minimally) for these remedies to take effect. He was also clear that more work would be needed to test and see what remedy may actually be beneficial, rather than doing more harm to our scientific progress.
To see the Award & Lecture for yourself, watch the video below (the slides are here):
We also had the opportunity to have a Question & Answer session prior to the lecture. Please watch the session below:
Fourth Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award Recipient:
Third Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award Recipient:
Professor Dr. Ab Osterhaus
Head of the Department of Virology of the Erasmus MC Rotterdam
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2015
Award lecture title: "From Zoonosis to pandemic in a changing world"
Second Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award Recipient:
Dr. Hans Rosling, PhD, MD Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute, Co-founder & Chairman, Gapminder Foundation
Date: February 24, 2014
First Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award Recipients:
Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, McGill University
"The freakonomics of TB control in India"
Dr. Nikika Pant Pai, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate PRofessor of Medicine, McGill University
"Point-of-care tests for HIV: innovation, synergy and impact"
Date: November 27, 2012