York University hosts CIHR Trailblazer Awards, Sept. 24

York University will host the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) Trailblazer Awards on Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre.

The awards support early-, mid- and senior-career researchers who continue to make exceptional contributions that promote population and public health for Canadians and citizens around the world through evidenced-based health policies as well as interventions.

York University’s Steven Hoffman, scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population and Public Health, will be joined by York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton for the awards presentation.

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Daniel Werb, research scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute – St. Michael’s Hospital and assistant professor, Global Public Health, University of California’s San Diego. Approximately three million people who use injetion drugs worldwide are HIV positive. Web is an epidemiologist and policy analyst studying whether current interventions to stop the transmission of HIV may also be effective at preventing people from injecting drugs.
  • Paula Braitstein, associate professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health – University of Toronto and CIHR Applied Public Health Chair. Throughout the world, millions of street-connected children and youth are afflicted by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Braitstein is investigating how to help these young people by analyzing HIV transmission, prevention and treatment among street children and youth in Kenya.
  • Geoff Fong, professor, University of Waterloo and senior investigator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Tobacco use kills more than 40,000 Canadians each year. For the past 15 years, Fong has been dedicated to developing the International Tobacco Control Project (ITC), innovative population health methods that help people stop smoking.

The event will include an interactive panel discussion facilitated by York University Professor Marina Morrow on topics such as research and policy, implementation science, career paths and more.

The event is free to attend. For more information, email  ariane.klassen@globalstrategylab.org or visit the event page.

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