EWH Symposium 2016 – Register Now!

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The annual EWH symposium is organized entirely by graduate and undergraduate students for the University of Toronto community. This symposium aims to expose the community to current global health initiatives with a focus on engineering solutions to these challenges.

The symposium spans a full day of lectures, panel discussions, networking opportunities and a poster session. Participants will have the chance to learn more about exciting global health topics and network closely with leaders in the field. We are very excited about this conference as it will bring together a diverse group of passionate scientists, government and industry representatives to promote world health to the next generation.

We are accepting poster submissions describing innovative solutions to global health challenges, including already published data. Please use the registration form below to submit your poster abstract (max 2500 char). There will be two poster prizes!

The symposium is scheduled for Monday, February 22nd and will take place at University of Toronto – St. George Campus (exact location to be announced).  We will soon publish the schedule for the symposium, check back here in a week. Please register at the link above before registration closes at February 21st. We hope to see you there!

In case you are interested in volunteering and helping out with the symposium, please fill out this form.


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Time Event Title
08.45 Registration & Coffee
09.15 Opening remarks by EWH UofT exec board
09.30 Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng
Director, Centre for Global Engineering and Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Global health: Technology if necessary, but not necessarily technology
10.00 Dr. Ken Simiyu
Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada
Bold ideas with big impact: A global health approach to international development
10.30 Dr. Edmond Young
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
A microfluidic cytotoxicity assay for point-of-care testing of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
11.00 Panel Discussion (Moderator: Dr. Jan Andrysek)
11.30 Samantha Chow, Matthew Langley, Aditya Martowirogo & Kristine Pearson
BME489 Engineering Science undergraduate team
A novel passive vaccine storage and carrier device for rural communities in low and middle income countries
12.00 Lunch Poster judging session 1 and booths
12.30 Lunch Poster judging session 2 and booths
13.00 Justin Besant (supervisor: Dr. Shana Kelley)
PhD candidate, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
Microchips for rapid detection and visual readout of biomarkers
13.30 Beverly Bradley (supervisor: Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng)
PhD candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Preventing preventable child mortality: Using techniques in Operations Research to help improve the supply of medical oxygen in low-resource settings
14.00 Laura Spencer & Emanuel Nazareth
Representative, Seva Canada & PhD candidate, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
How low-cost eye care can be world-class: The successful partnership of the Canadian international development charity Seva and Aravind Eye Care System in India to provide high quality and sustainable eye care
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Dr. David McMillen
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Cells are cheap: Towards synthetic biology solutions to health problems
15.30 Dr. Alejandro Jadad
Founder, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation and Interim Director, Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Creating a pandemic of health
16.00 Dr. Aaron Wheeler
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Towards point of care analysis with digital microfluidics
16.30 Panel Discussion (Moderator: Dr. Peter Zandstra)
17.00 Closing Remarks & Poster Prizes (Dr. Peter Zandstra)
17.30 Networking Reception & Hors-d’oeuvres
18.30 End of Symposium



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