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March 27, 2015

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As part of Ontario research week, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Health Sciences and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) will host a 2030+ Group talk April 1 in the CIGI Campus Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Global Health Challenges panel and discussion will highlight recent research from the 2030+ Group.

The 2030+ Group includes experts Jonathan Crush, Simon Dalby, Dr. James Orbinski and Alan Whiteside. Each holds a Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Chair at Laurier and teaches in the Master of International Public Policy and PhD in Global Governance programs, both located at the BSIA.

“This event features Laurier researchers who work on global issues and development goals ranging from public health and security to climate change and food insecurity,” said Justine Richardson, 2030+ project manager. “These are the challenges students today will be working on in their lifetimes.”

The panelists will each present on a major global health challenge, then participate in a Q&A discussion led by Laurier Health Sciences students and alumni, and moderated by Professor Peter Tiidus, who is chair of Laurier’s Department of Health Sciences.

  • Jonathan Crush will present issues of food insecurity and inclusive growth in rapidly growing cities in the Global South and the research of the Hungry Cities Partnership.
  • Simon Dalby will discuss balancing responses to climate change and the urgencies of healthcare agendas.
  • Dr. James Orbinski will frame emerging international work on global public health security and links with country-level health systems.
  • Alan Whiteside will discuss the international context of HIV/AIDS financing and the impacts of treatment as prevention.

“The goal is to educate students, potential students and the public about current research and inspire great discussion,” said Tiidus. “At Laurier there are amazing opportunities to learn from 2030+ researchers and engage in complex health discussions.”

The event will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature a panel presentation and discussion session, followed by a reception. The evening is free and open to students and the public. Seats are limited, and registration is recommended.


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