Welcome to the Global Health Strategic Group newsletter,

Your bi-monthly peek at what is happening behind the scenes in the field of global health, with trending news, upcoming events, funding opportunities and more! Read on to find out what researchers across all disciplines of global health research have been up to in recent months. We look forward to staying connected with you!

One of the RRSPQ's objectives is to promote the exchange and utilisation of knowledge among and by the various actors in the population health network. To this end, we would like to invite all members of the RRSPQ to share their publications or activities (conferences, webinars, etc). These will be advertised on the RRSPQ website and the network’s social media accounts, insofar as they are relevant to population health research and ideally relating to the specific themes of the strategic groupings.
Global Health News
Canadian Women in Global Health 2018

The Canadian Society for International Health has recently published the first-ever List of Canadian women leaders in global health. "The need to improve the visibility and recognition of women in global health is clear, and with Canada’s international reputation for advancing health and equity, it is important that the diversity of women leaders be recognized and amplified. The CWIGH List, initiated by Jocalyn Clark from The Lancet, and founded in collaboration with Eva Slawecki from the Canadian Society for International Health and Sarah Lawley from the Government of Canada, is inspired by a broader global movement to recognise the achievements and expertise of women in global health." (Canadian Society for International Health, 2018) Jacques Girard, member of the RS-SM Steering Committee, contributed to the selection as an appointed member of the CWIGH Working Group. Several researchers from Québec institutions were recognized:

  • Chantal Blouin, Public Health National Institute of Quebec
  • Amrita Daftary, McGill University
  • Christina Greenaway, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University
  • Theresia Gyorkos, McGill University
  • Catherine Hankins, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • Shelley-Rose Hyppolite, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval
  • Srividya Iyer, McGill University
  • Muriel Mac-Seing, Université de Montréal 
  • Ericka Moerkerken, Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement
  • Nitika Pant Pai, McGill University/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre 
  • Louise Potvin, School of Public Health, Université de Montreal
  • Argerie Tsimicalis, McGill University
  • Jodi Tuck, McGill University
  • Christina Zarowsky, School of Public Health, Université de Montreal
  • Kate Zinszer, Université de Montreal
We would like to commend all of these researchers for their incredible work in global health! 
See the full list for 2018 here!

"Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. This is according to a new report published by leading health organizations. Because of gaps in vaccination coverage, measles outbreaks occurred in all regions, while there were an estimated 110 000 deaths related to the disease. Using updated disease modelling data, the report provides the most comprehensive estimates of measles trends over the last 17 years. It shows that since 2000, over 21 million lives have been saved through measles immunizations. However, reported cases increased by more than 30 percent worldwide from 2016." (29 November 2018, News release, Geneva/Atlanta/New York)

"Canada’s national Inuit organization has released a strategy to eliminate by 2030 the “staggeringly high rates” of tuberculosis (TB) among Inuit leaving in a vast region of the Canadian Arctic stretching from the Labrador Sea in the east to the Beaufort Sea in the west. The Inuit Tuberculosis Elimination Framework released by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents about 65,000 Inuit living in the four regions of Canada’s north known collectively as Inuit Nunangat, also calls for an interim reduction in the reported rate of active TB of at least 50 per cent by 2025. According to government statistics, in 2016 the reported rate of active TB among Inuit in the Canadian Arctic was over 300 times the reported rate of active TB among Canadian-born, non-Indigenous people. “Eliminating TB among Inuit in Inuit Nunangat by 2030 is an ambitious goal that will require deep commitment and ongoing, multilateral efforts,” said in a statement ITK president Natan Obed. This framework serves to clear the path and guide the work across governments, Inuit regions and organizations, communities and healthcare professionals.” (10 December 2018, Radio Canada International)

"A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities. The WHO Global status report on road safety 2018 highlights that road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years.  The risk of a road traffic death remains three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. The rates are highest in Africa (26.6 per 100 000 population) and lowest in Europe (9.3 per 100 000 population). On the other hand, since the previous edition of the report, three regions of the world have reported a decline in road traffic death rates: Americas, Europe and the Western Pacific." (7 December 2018, News release, Geneva)

Read the WHO Global status report on road safety 2018 here!
Upcoming Events & Conferences
The Université du Québec en Outaouais and the Cégep de l'Outaouais will be hosting this year’s ACFAS congress, structured around the theme of engaging dialogue between research and society. French-speaking graduate students and researchers of all domains intersecting with sciences, and from all over the world, will be participating in this large-scale event. Registration opens on January 14!

Early-bird registration deadline: April 28, 2019
The 2019 McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health
When: June 10-21, 2019
Where: McGill University, Montreal, QC

McGill’s Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health is returning for Summer 2019! Hosted by McGill Global Health Programs, the Summer Institute short courses feature internationally known faculty, a focus on highly applicable new knowledge, and an opportunity to network with fellow global health professionals from around the world. The courses offered during this two-week program will include TB Research Methods, Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century: Challenges and Dilemmas, Global Health Diagnostics, Antimicrobial Resistance, Advanced TB Diagnostics, Clinical TB, Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research and Quality of TB Care. The institute is now accepting applications!

Deadline for participants requiring a Visa: February 28, 2019;
Deadline for general registration: May 1st, 2019
Public Health 2019
When: April 30-May 2nd, 2019
Where: Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON

Organized by the Canadian Public Health Association, the Public Health 2019 conference is a national forum where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. This year’s program will incorporate a variety of session types, including plenary sessions, collaborator sessions, workshops and symposia, oral presentations, and poster presentations. 

Early-bird registration deadline: March 4, 2019
Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS
When: May 9-12, 2019
Where: Saskatoon, SK

Every year, the Canadian Association for HIV Research hosts the premier gathering in Canada for all those involved HIV/AIDS research and intersecting disciplines. This year’s conference theme, “Wuniska”, is a Cree and Saulteaux word that means wake up, awaken, arise, wake up and rise. Wuniska is a concept filled with optimism for the new day, which we greet with renewed energy and passion. Leading edge topics concerning Indigenous health will be discussed and attendees will be able to share the outcomes of new research and policy decisions.

Early-bird registration deadline: March 11, 2019
Women Deliver 2019 Conference
When: June 3-6, 2019
Where: Vancouver, BC

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference is set to be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists will flock to Vancouver with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere. The conference will present new knowledge, promote world-class solutions, and engage a broad spectrum of voices. It will focus on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.

Early-bird registration deadline: January 31, 2019
10th Annual CUGH Conference
When: March 8-10, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL

The CUGH Annual Conference brings together committed leaders, professionals, educators, students from diverse fields of study including engineering, business, law, policy, natural sciences, nursing, public health, medicine, and environmental study to explore, discuss and critically assess the global health landscape. This year’s theme will be “Translation and Implementation for Impact in Global Health.” This conference aims to promote interdisciplinary, cross jurisdictional conversations across the globe to tackle challenging and complex problems in a variety of global health areas.

Early-bird registration deadline: January 31, 2019
GHIC 2019: Global Health & Innovation Conference
When: April 13-14, 2019
Yale University, New Haven, CT

The Global Health & Innovation Conference, hosting more than 2,200 professionals and students from more than 55 countries, is recognized as one of the leading global health conferences. The 2-day conference is presented by the nonprofit global health delivery organization Unite for Sight and is set to take place at Yale University. Topics discussed will touch on both the current state of global health as well as social entrepreneurship and innovation for development. Registration is now open!
Early-bird registration deadline: December 31, 2018

Together with the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector of the Institute of Tropical Medicine/MINSAP presents the 16th edition of the Dengue International Course. This course will provide epidemiological updates on the regional and global dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever situations through both theoretical and practical course sessions. Key stakeholders will have the opportunity to debate on the most relevant and updated aspects of these diseases.
Funding Opportunities
Project Grant: Spring 2019

Open to applicants in all areas of health research aligned with the CIHR mandate, the Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental and applied health-related knowledge, the health care system, and/or health outcomes, by supporting projects with a specific purpose and defined endpoint. The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate the alignment of the application with CIHR's mandate. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches. The competition also offers a specific funding envelope to support early career investigators. Funding is augmented by CIHR Institute Priority Announcements (PAs) that award grants in specific research areas relevant to the Institutes’ mandates (Spring 2019 Priority Announcement Specific Research Areas to be announced). 

Team Grant: Indigenous Component of Healthy Life Trajectories (I-HeLTI)

The goal of HeLTI is to generate evidence that will inform national policy and decision-making in Canada and the participating countries for the improvement of health and the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases, are also a priority issue for Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) in Canada. CIHR has therefore launched the Indigenous component of HeLTI (I-HeLTI) to address similar issues faced by and specific to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This funding opportunity will fund four I-HeLTI research teams that will build the infrastructure and capacity that is needed to conduct an Indigenous-driven I-HeLTI DOHaD Intervention Cohort Research Study. I-HeLTI will operate according to Indigenous self-governance and self-determination, recognizing the need to respect how Indigenous Peoples must be involved in health research.
Québec's most recent publications in global health
Université de Montréal

Religion and spirituality as predictors of patient-reported outcomes in adults with congenital heart disease around the globe.
Moons P, Luyckx K, Dezutter J, Kovacs AH, Thomet C, Budts W, Enomoto J, Sluman MA, Yang HL, Jackson JL, Khairy P, Subramanyan R, Alday L, Eriksen K, Dellborg M, Berghammer M, Johansson B, Mackie AS, Menahem S, Caruana M, Veldtman G, Soufi A, Fernandes SM, White K, Callus E, Kutty S, Apers S; APPROACH-IS Consortium; International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ISACHD).

Geographical variation and predictors of physical activity level in adults with congenital heart disease.
Larsson L, Johansson B, Sandberg C, Apers S, Kovacs AH, Luyckx K, Thomet C, Budts W, Enomoto J, Sluman MA, Wang JK, Jackson JL, Khairy P, Cook SC, Alday L, Eriksen K, Dellborg M, Berghammer M, Rempel G, Menahem S, Caruana M, Tomlin M, Soufi A, Fernandes SM, White K, Callus E, Kutty S, Moons P; APPROACH-IS Consortium; International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ISACHD).

Processes and dynamics of linkage to care from mobile/outreach and facility-based HIV testing models in hard-to-reach settings in rural Tanzania. Qualitative findings of a mixed methods study.
Sanga ES, Mukumbang FC, Mushi AK, Olomi W, Lerebo W, Zarowsky C.

Preferences of Underserved Chilean Women on a Mobile Technology Intervention for Cervical Cancer Screening: Qualitative Study.
Soto M, Martinez-Gutierrez J, Momany M, Capurro D, Ciampi Spode F, Cea E, Mergudich T, Puschel K.

Leukocyte Telomere Length and Chronic Conditions in Older Women of Northeast Brazil: A Cross-Sectional Study.
Oliveira BS, Pirkle CM, Zunzunegui MV, Batistuzzo de Medeiros SR, Thomasini RL, Guerra RO.

La transition nutritionnelle, ses déterminants et ses conséquences (pp. 135-156). Chapter in: La nutrition dans un monde globalisé. Bilan et perspectives à l’heure des ODD. 
Delisle, H. Ed. Martin-Prével Y, Maire B. 

McGill University

Chemical composition and source apportionment of ambient, household, and personal exposures to PM2.5 in communities using biomass stoves in rural China.
Lai AM, Carter E, Shan M, Ni K, Clark S, Ezzati M, Wiedinmyer C, Yang X, Baumgartner J, Schauer JJ.

Occurrence of and referral to specialists for pain-related diagnoses in First Nations and non-First Nations children and youth.
Latimer M, Rudderham S, Lethbridge L, MacLeod E, Harman K, Sylliboy JR, Filiaggi C, Finley GA.

Industry Perspectives on the WHO Essential Diagnostics List.
Sen P, Kohli M, Pai M.

Global Mental Health and Idioms of Distress: The Paradox of Culture-Sensitive Pathologization of Distress in Cambodia.
Kidron CA, Kirmayer LJ.

Global Health Education at Home: Canadian Medical Students' Perspectives After Learning Alongside Haitian Peers.
Liauw SSL, Kuper A, Noël G, Richardson L.

Adverse birth outcomes and infant mortality according to registered First Nations status and First Nations community residence across Canada.
Shapiro GD, Sheppard AJ, Bushnik T, Kramer MS, Mashford-Pringle A, Kaufman JS, Yang S.

Differential impact of socioeconomic position across life on oral cancer risk in Kerala, India: An investigation of life-course models under a time-varying framework.
ThekkePurakkal AS, Naimi AI, Madathil SA, Kumamangalam Puthiyannal SH, Netuveli G, Sacker A, Schlecht NF, Nicolau B.

Prenatal fluoride exposure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children at 6-12  years of age in Mexico City.
Bashash M, Marchand M, Hu H, Till C, Martinez-Mier EA, Sanchez BN, Basu N, Peterson KE, Green R, Schnaas L, Mercado-García A, Hernández-Avila M, Téllez-Rojo MM.

Investigational drugs for the treatment of Zika virus infection: a preclinical and clinical update.
Han Y, Mesplède T.

Reciprocal Inuit and Western research training: facilitating research capacity and community agency in Arctic research partnerships.
Ferrazzi P, Christie P, Jalovcic D, Tagalik S, Grogan A.

The right to deworming: The case for girls and women of reproductive age.
Gyorkos TW, Montresor A, Belizario V, Biggs BA, Bradley M, Brooker SJ, Casapia M, Cooper P, Deb S, Gilbert NL, Imtiaz R, Khieu V, Knopp S, Lincetto O, Mofid LS, Mupfasoni D, Vail C, Vercruysse J.

Université de Sherbrooke

New highly diverse hepatitis C strains detected in sub-Saharan Africa have unknown susceptibility to direct-acting antiviral treatments.
Davis C, Mgomella GS, da Silva Filipe A, Frost EH, Giroux G, Hughes J, Hogan C, Kaleebu P, Asiki G, McLauchlan J, Niebel M, Ocama P, Pomila C, Pybus OG, Pépin J, Simmonds P, Singer JB, Sreenu VB, Wekesa C, Young EH, Murphy DG, Sandhu M, Thomson EC.

Université du Québec à Montréal

Coming to grips with economic development: Variation in adult hand grip strength during health transition in Vanuatu.
Olszowy KM, Little MA, Lee G, Pomer A, Dancause KN, Sun C, Silverman H, Chan CW, Tarivonda L, Kaneko A, Weitz C, Koji Lum J, Garruto RM.

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Université Laval

Association of dairy intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 21 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study.
Dehghan M, Mente A, Rangarajan S, Sheridan P, Mohan V, Iqbal R, Gupta R, Lear S, Wentzel-Viljoen E, Avezum A, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Mony P, Varma RP, Kumar R, Chifamba J, Alhabib KF, Mohammadifard N, Oguz A, Lanas F, Rozanska D, Bostrom KB, Yusoff K, Tsolkile LP, Dans A, Yusufali A, Orlandini A, Poirier P, Khatib R, Hu B, Wei L, Yin L, Deeraili A, Yeates K, Yusuf R, Ismail N, Mozaffarian D, Teo K, Anand SS, Yusuf S; Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study investigators.

Association between helminth infections and diabetes mellitus in adults from the Lao People's Democratic Republic: a cross-sectional study.
Htun NSN, Odermatt P, Paboriboune P, Sayasone S, Vongsakid M, Phimolsarn-Nusith V, Tran XD, Ounnavong PS, Andriama-Hefasoa N, Senvanpan ND, Homsana A, Lianosay B, Xayavong D, Robinson DR, Bounsavath P, Prasayasith PP, Syphan SD, Lu YX, Thilakoun K, Xaiyaphet XS, Vongngakesone PT, Eze IC, Imboden M, Sripa B, Reinharz D, Probst-Hensch N.

Novel sequence variants in the TLR6 gene associated with advanced breast cancer risk in the Saudi Arabian population.
Semlali A, Almutairi M, Rouabhia M, Reddy Parine N, Al Amri A, S Al-Numair N, M Hawsawi Y, Saud Alanazi M.

Université de Montréal and Université Laval

Factors associated with the intake of traditional foods in the Eeyou Istchee (Cree) of northern Quebec include age, speaking the Cree language and food sovereignty indicators.
Noreen W, Johnson-Down L, Jean-Claude M, Lucas M, Robinson E, Batal M.

Université de Montréal and McGill University

Spectrum of Illness in Migrants to Canada: Sentinel Surveillance through CanTravNet.
Boggild AK, Geduld J, Libman M, Yansouni CP, McCarthy AE, Hajek J, Ghesquiere W, Mirzanejad Y, Vincelette J, Kuhn S, Plourde PJ, Chakrabarti S, Greenaway C, Hamer DH, Kain KC.

Université Laval and McGill University

Socio-economic inequalities in blood mercury (Hg) and serum polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) concentrations among pregnant Inuit women from Nunavik, Canada.
Adamou TY, Riva M, Muckle G, Laouan-Sidi EA, Ayotte P.

Blood and hair mercury concentrations among Cree First Nations of Eeyou Istchee (Quebec, Canada): time trends, prenatal exposure and links to local fish consumption.
Ripley S, Robinson E, Johnson-Down L, Andermann A, Ayotte P, Lucas M, Nieboer E.

Household overcrowding and psychological distress among Nunavik Inuit adolescents: a longitudinal study.
Pepin C, Muckle G, Moisan C, Forget-Dubois N, Riva M.

Students' Corner
Welcome to the Students' Corner! This space is dedicated to the research, publications, experiences and work of students of Québec Universities, and can also serve as a platform to publicize events and activities organized by students in the realm of global health. We welcome submissions from any students who would like to contribute and see their material posted in our upcoming issues! If you are interested, get in touch with us via the RS-Santé mondiale email linked at the top and bottom of the newsletter.
What have you been up to? Send us news of recent projects or accomplishments to be featured in this newsletter!
That's all for now. Happy holidays!

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