Thanks for attending our Ideathon!

On Sunday Feb 28th, EWH-UofT hosted our inaugural Ideathon event!

We kicked off the day with an inspiring and informative panel composed of members from Health Mission Outreach, World Spine Care, and Engineers Without Borders. During the panel, it became clear just how important creating solutions collaboratively on the ground is to success. Many thanks to Ben Draskovic, Dr. Patricia Tavares, Dr. Lun Hangfu, and Dr. David Gorendar for taking the time to join us early on a Sunday morning and share their stories and insight with us, and thank you to Faye Simmonds of eHealth Africa for putting together an extremely comprehensive video as a perfect intro to the day!


Ideathon Panel and Workshop

As part of the Engineering World Health Ideathon, we will be hosting a panel discussion and workshop on efficient delivery of medical interventions to low- and middle-income countries. The panel and workshop will take place at Rosebrugh Building, Rm 412 on Sunday, February 28th 2016. Even if you didn’t register for the Ideathon, you are welcome to attend!
Panel Discussion (9:45am – 10:45am)
The panel discussion will be a Q&A session, designed to give Ideathon participants a chance to test their ideas and get feedback from a group of experts with experience in implementation of medical interventions.
  • Dr. Patricia Tavares – Coordinator, Dominican Republic World Spine Care Program
  • Dr. Lun Hangfu – Founder, Health Mission Outreach
  • Dr. David Gorendar – Volunteer, Health Mission Outreach
  • Ben Draskovic – Junior Fellow – Community Team, Engineers Without Borders UofT Chapter

More information on the panelist can be found here.

Hacking Health Workshop (11:00am  – 12:00pm)

Hadi Salah is Manager of Health Ecosystem Partnerships at MaRS Discovery District and co-founder of Hacking Health, an organization that pairs healthcare professionals with designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs. By connecting diverse minds and perspectives, Hacking Health drives the creation of innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. Hadi will facilitate a rapid ideation session using some tools developed by Nesta. This workshop will be a way to get participants thinking about new ideas to solve wicked problems.
Directions: Enter through 170 College Street, not 164 College Street.
  1. Do not go up the steps outside to get into the building, go to the bottom left door of the steps.
  2. Once you enter go up to the 3rd floor
  3. Via the stairs
    • Once out of the stairwell, turn left and follow the hallway/sign to the Rosebrugh bridge
    • Continue down the hallway to Rosebrugh Building
    • The event room (412) will be the second last door on the right
  4. Via the elevator
    • Via the elevator
    • Once you get past the building entrance, turn left
    • Go down the ramp hall
    • Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor where
    • Once you exit you will go straight down the hallway, through the double doors and continue down the hallway
    • Follow the hallway/sign to the Rosebrugh bridge
    • Continue down the hallway to Rosebrugh Building
    • The event room (412) will be the second last door on the right.

8th Annual GSAGH Symposium

The Graduate Student Alliance for Global Health (GSAGH) at the University of Toronto is hosting its 8th Annual GSAGH Symposium on March 18th. The overarching theme for this year’s symposium is migration and health.

The popular Canadian narrative in relation to our treatment of immigrants and refugees has emphasized our Canadian generosity, compassion and welcoming arms. However, through deconstructing this narrative, an unfortunate reality is revealed: in Canada, we have not always done our best to promote and safeguard health for migrants to our country. In fact, there have been several policies and practices that have directly threatened the health of those who choose to make our country their new home. The objectives of GSAGH’s 2016 symposium, Improving Canada’s Migration Report Card: Steps Forward, are two-fold:

  • To examine Canada’s track record on migrant health (historically and present-day)
  • To highlight steps we can take to be true leaders in migrant health through: showcasing positive examples of efforts to advance migrant health, identifying gaps to be addressed, and proposing concrete recommendations for future action

QuIPS 2016 – Healthcare Technology: Innovation and Barriers to Implementation

Are you in the healthcare field or looking for a way to get involved? Wondering how to network with other healthcare professionals or showcase your work to the leaders of the industry? How about learning more about the cutting edge technologies that are currently transforming healthcare? If so, the QuIPS conference is the place for you! This year, the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference (QuIPS) 2016 is about Healthcare Technology: Innovation and Barriers to Implementation. Hundreds of students and professionals will gather to discuss and solve the problems currently facing healthcare. Now is your chance to participate in exciting workshops, panel discussions, poster competitions and to seize extensive networking opportunities. Buy your tickets and submit abstracts now and visit us on facebook.

Let’s Talk Science Collaborative Project Team Recruitment

Let’s Talk Science (LTS) and Engineering World Health University of Toronto (EWHUofT) are collaborating to put forward a new initiative to help inspire and educate students across Toronto.
The new initiative includes developing a calorimetry kit for classrooms, where students can learn hands-on about the importance of nutrition science by testing different types of foods for caloric content. We are looking for undergraduate or graduate students who would like to help bring this idea from concept to reality, by helping to build and validate the calorimetry kits and then running workshops with them across the city.

If interested, please read the full project description and contact daniel dot mcinnis at mail dot utoronto dot ca for more information.