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Research Evidence in Times of Public Health Emergencies

Toronto, Ontario
June 15, 2010

Research Evidence in Times of Public Health Emergencies
15 June 2010 · 10:30 – 12:00
Sheraton Centre Toronto · Dominion Ballroom South, Second Floor

This session will focus on the challenges of creating, gathering and promoting evidence during public health emergencies.

Some of the questions that will be explored include:
•    What constitutes “high quality evidence” in an emergency, especially during the early stages?
•    Is it ethical to conduct research during such times?
•    What is the balance between putting emerging research information into the public domain as soon as possible against ensuring it has been properly peer reviewed which may cause delays?
•    How can public health messaging be shaped when evidence is constantly evolving and changing?
•    During an emergency, how best can we influence change to act upon new evidence (either at an individual, organizational or system level)?

Last year’s H1N1 outbreak provides a perfect backdrop to examine these issues. The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) played a role in the outbreak by informing policy and disseminating messaging through key stakeholders, in addition to carrying out real-time research and surveillance. Senior members of OAHPP will present their work and thoughts on these issues. The format for the session will be highly interactive with participants, using a debate and dialogue format.

•    Vivek Goel, Chief Executive Officer and President of OAHPP
•    Natasha Crowcroft, Director, Surveillance and Epidemiology
•    Brian Schwartz, Director, Emergency Management Support
•    Sonya Corkum, Vice President, Knowledge Exchange and Communications

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