Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases Seminar

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Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Health Sciences Building Room 208

155 College Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1P8

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Join the CVPD for a panel discussion on What it Means to be an International Expert for the World Health Organization.

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Join the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases for a panel discussion on What it Means to be an International Expert for the World Health Organization. The discussion will focus on improving understanding of:

  1. The role of immunization experts with global agencies like the World Health Organization, and how this differs from expert roles within national organizations
  2. The contribution of Canadians to global policy on immunization

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero, Director of the Office of Global Public Health Education & Training, Dalla Lana School of Public Health. This event is co-hosted with the Sick Kids Centre for Global Child Health, and the Office of Global Public Health Education and Training.

Speakers:

Dr. Natasha Crowcroft

Dr. Shelley Deeks

Dr. Arlene King

Moderator:

Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero

Biographies:

Dr. Natasha Crowcroft

Dr. Crowcroft is a public health medical practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience in public health at local, national and global levels, and two decades of senior management and leadership experience in infectious disease surveillance, prevention, control and outbreak response. She has published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers including in Lancet, BMJ, NEJM, with an h-factor of 47 (Google scholar). She is an Associate Editor for Eurosurveillance and on the International Advisory Board of Lancet Infectious Diseases. With a strong track record of research funding, she reviews for a variety of national and global funding bodies. Her research aims to maximize the health benefits of immunization.

Dr. Crowcroft’s expert role includes as current co-chair of the Canadian Association for Immunization Research, Evaluation and Education (CAIRE), and member of the Canadian Immunization Research Network. Globally, she is an expert for PAHO, SEARO and WHO and also serves on the Independent Review Committee of Gavi.

Dr. Crowcroft trained in medicine and public health at the Universities of Cambridge and London, UK, and in field epidemiology in the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) in Belgium. From 1997-2007 Dr. Crowcroft was a medical consultant in the Immunisation Department at the national centre for England. In 2007 she was recruited to be one of the founding leadership group at Public Health Ontario, Canada, helping to rebuild the public health system post-SARS. She became Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology in 2008, Chief of Infectious Disease in 2012, Chief of Applied Immunization Research and Evaluation in 2015, and Chief Science Officer in 2019. In 2019, Dr. Crowcroft launched the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases at the University of Toronto as its inaugural Director.

Dr. Shelley Deeks

Dr. Shelley Deeks is the Chief of Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response at Public Health Ontario and an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She holds fellowships in Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada and Australia and completed the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program. She is the Vice-Chair of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), and a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts Polio Working Group and the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, Vaccine Innovation Prioritization Strategy (VIPS) Steering Committee. She is past chair of WHO’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee and has completed consultancies through the WHO for the Ministers of Health in Qatar and Oman, on an adolescent immunization strategy and a national immunization strategy, respectively.

Dr. Arlene King

Dr. King is an internationally recognized expert in public health, immunization, communicable disease prevention and control, and pandemic/emergency preparedness. She is a consultant in public health and preventive medicine and Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. King led Ontario’s public health sector as the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) from June 2009 to June 2014. She also served as the provincial/territorial co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Council and a member of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health of Canada. Prior to serving as Ontario’s CMOH, Dr. King was the inaugural Director General of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and also held several other positions with Health Canada/PHAC, including the position of Director General, Pandemic Preparedness.

She is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Certification Commission (GCC) for Polio Eradication, Chair of GCC Containment Working Group, member of the WHO African Region Certification Commission for Polio Eradication, Chair of the WHO Americas Regional Certification Commission for the Polio Endgame and member of the Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization for the Americas. She also serves as an advisor to the WHO on the International Health Regulations Expert Roster for infectious diseases.

Since relocating to British Columbia, Canada, Dr. King served as the interim Executive Medical Director, Population and Public Health, Fraser Regional Health Authority from February 2016 to May 2017. She is a passionate about music and gardening, has been married to Michael King for 37 years and has two adult sons.

Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero

Erica Di Ruggiero is Associate Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division, Director of the Office of Global Public Health Education and Training and Director, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Di Ruggiero is a global public health expert and opinion leader whose research focuses on the study of population health interventions (policies and programs) to address health and health inequities, including global labour policy, and on how different types of evidence shape global policy agendas and influence global governance in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is the new editor in chief for Global Health Promotion. She holds a PhD in Public Health Sciences from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and is a registered dietitian. Previously, Di Ruggiero was Deputy Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population and Public Health where she led the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic research, capacity building and knowledge translation initiatives to address different research priorities including health equity, global health, maternal and child health, environmental health and population health intervention research. She was a past chair of the Canadian Public Health Association Board of Directors and past honorary vice-chair of the American Public Health Association.

About the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases:

With leadership housed at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, we are developing an interdisciplinary group of academic researchers, educators and public health advocates. Our vision is to catalyze cutting-edge research and education that maximizes the health benefits of immunization for everyone.

We aim to contribute locally and globally to healthy communities through excellence in interdisciplinary vaccine-preventable disease and immunization research and education.

About the Sick Kids Centre for Global Child Health:

The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health provides a dedicated hub for global child health-focused activities and connects researchers and health-care professionals around the world. The centre is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in resource-poor environments through collaboration in groundbreaking research, sustainable capacity building through education, the active communication of results through advocacy, and through promoting improved child health through knowledge and networks.

About the Office of Global Public Health Education and Training:

The Office of Global Public Health Education & Training (OGPHE&T) offers multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate education in global health, student practicum placements, seminars, lectures, and other training opportunities. It partners with research institutions around the world, to host visiting scholars (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other researchers) and support student and faculty research at the DLSPH. The OGPHE&T brings together a community of students, faculty, and other partners to advance better health and equity, globally.

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155 College Street

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