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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

The Malaysian Borneo region has seen a surge in cases of is referred to as "monkey malaria", a rare strain of malaria transmitted from macaques to humans. According to recent figures, the number of cases of this particular form of malaria reported in humans has increased from 376 in 2008 to 1,604 in 2016. This trend is mainly attributed to deforestation and agriculture in the region, where massive forest clearings have resulted in routinely displacing these primates from their natural habitats. The Monkey Bar Project uses drone technology to monitor these forests in order to map the deforestation and follow the movement of macaque monkeys, allowing health service providers to adopt a more proactive stance in malaria prevention in areas identified as "malaria hot spots". This has proven to be more cost-effective than satellite imaging, providing health officials with information essential to monitoring the spread of the disease in this setting. 
 
This GHN exclusive discusses the glaring inequity in access to palliative care services on the international scale. According to M. R. Rajagopal, MD, a palliative care doctor at Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences in Kerala, India, “In most of the world, pain is not treated effectively. People just bear the pain and live through the agony, suffering. Post-operative pain is simply not addressed—except in some expensive hospitals—but not for the common man.” A recent Lancet Commission report reveals that 80% of the world's population live in areas where access to palliative care is unavailable to relieve them from extreme suffering from serious diseases. Palliative care is essential to providing end-of-term patients with both pain relief and personal dignity; as such, this imbalance must be addressed to enhance the quality of life of individuals living in low resource settings.

Read on for
Part II: Opiophobia and High Costs: Untangling the Barriers to Palliative Care, and Part III: A Fighting Chance for Palliative Care of this 3-part series!
 
Access the Lancet Commission report on palliative care here!
WHO concerned about suspected chemical attacks in Syria

According to this WHO statement released on April 11, 2018, WHO is deeply alarmed by reports of the use of toxic chemicals in Douma, Syria. Last week, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities in Douma city, East Ghouta, with signs and symptoms of exposure to toxic chemicals following the shelling of this region. WHO reminds parties to the conflict that "Any use of chemical weapons to cause harm is illegal under international law. Global norms against chemical weapons reflect a particular abhorrence to their disproportionate harm to the eldest, the most infirm, and the youngest among us." The coordination of a health cluster response for individuals displaced from this region is reportedly underway. 
Upcoming Events & Conferences
World Maternal Mental Health Day 2018 Symposium
When: May 1st, 2018
Where: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Montreal, QC


 
To mark World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 1st, the Ludmer Center of Neuroinformatics and Mental Health is organizing a full-day symposium centred on perinatal mental health. The theme of this symposium is: "Begin before Birth: From molecules to mothering and beyond." Anyone interested in maternal mental health and the link to children's long-term physical, cognitive and emotional development is encouraged to attend!
 
Public Health 2018
When: May 28-31, 2018
Where: Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, QC


 
Organized by the Canadian Public Health Association, the Public Health 2018 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. Registration has begun!
 
Registration deadline: May 18, 2018
 
The Montreal Centre for International Studies Summer Schools
When: May 28-June 30, 2018
Where: Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC


 
The CERIUM will be offering a total of 18 summer courses covering major themes in world affairs. Each course will be of a duration of 6 days and will be led by experts in the respective fields addressed. Courses with a relevance to global health include Practices and Policies in an Intercultural Setting as well as Migration and Public Health on the Eve of Globalization: Approaches and Data for the Analysis of Current Challenges, the latter of which will be taught by Dr. Bilkis Vissandjée, a regular researcher within the QPHRN and a member of the Global Health Strategic Group. 
 
The 2018 McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health
When: June 11-22, 2018
Where: McGill University, Montreal, QC


McGill’s Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health is returning for Summer 2018! 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, Global Health Diagnostics, Advanced TB Diagnostics, Genomic Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Qualitative Methods In Global Infectious Diseases Research, Clinical TB and Clinical Tropical Medicine. The institute is now accepting applications!
 
General registration deadline: May 1st, 2018
Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS
When: April 26-29, 2018
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia


 
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, “Celebrating our Diversity: Uniting in the Response to HIV”, will strive to acknowledge and celebrate diversity among both people with lived experience of HIV as well as HIV researchers. Leading-edge topics will be discussed and attendees will be able to share the outcomes of new research and policy decisions.
Annual Global Health Practitioner Conference
When: June 4-7, 2018
Where: Bethesda, MD


Organized by the CORE group, this conference enables community health advocates (including NGOs, academics, donors, and the private sector) to come together and discuss emerging challenges and gaps in community health. Skill building, networking and program learning will be emphasized for all participants in order to generate greater programmatic impact through collaboration between diverse stakeholders. This year's conference will be focused on the theme of "Community Health Action for the Humanitarian-Development Nexus". 

REGULAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 18, 2018
 
Global Health Transitions and Sustainable Solutions: The Role of Partnerships - A Workshop
When: June 13-14, 2018
Where: Washington, DC


This National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine public workshop will examine economic and programmatic transitions in development assistance for health (DAH) and explore innovative models for sustainable solutions in the current global health context. Presentations and discussion topics will focus on the impacts of these transitions on access to traditional DAH and the burden of disease in LMICs, providing a deeper look at several case examples of countries experiencing different stages of transition. This meeting is free for all who wish to attend, and a live webcast will also be available! 

Registration opens in May!
Funding Opportunities
Ongoing QPHRN Funding Opportunities

The Quebec Population Health Research Network and its strategic groupings offer a variety of funding opportunities in the context of population health research, many of which are relevant to global health. Consult the list of ongoing funding opportunities here to stay informed!
Operating Grant: Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research
 
The purpose of the Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) is to build on previous efforts of the Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR), initially launched in 2007, and the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program (IMNP), initially launched in December 2016, by establishing a solid foundation for Indigenous health research driven by, and grounded in, Indigenous (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and Metis) communities in Canada. NEIHR will aim to take a broader and more sophisticated approach to Indigenous health research and capacity building not only by focusing on individuals (e.g., supporting trainees and researchers), but also by concentrating on Indigenous communities, and social structures (e.g., educational systems, institutions, research infrastructures, policy apparatus, etc.). The focus of this funding opportunity is to support Development Grants to bring together Indigenous Peoples/Communities/Organizations and other members of the research team, including researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners, to undertake initial planning and proposal development in preparation of an anticipated future CIHR full NEIHR Network grant funding opportunity.
 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 26, 2018

Team Grant: GENDER-NET

 
Through the leadership of the CIHR Personalized Health Initiative (PH), the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health is a member of GENDER-NET Plus - an international consortium of sixteen research funders in thirteen countries. These 16 partners from 13 countries have joined forces to launch a Joint Call for proposals, which will support research that aims to address urgent societal challenges through a sex and gender lens. GENDER-NET Plus members have chosen to take the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a point of departure for this Joint Call. GENDER-NET Plus invites applications that in the above outlined context, address and explore interactions and interdependencies explicitly between SDG 5 Gender Equality and one or more of the following SDGs: SDG 3 - Good health and well-being, SDG 9 -  Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation, and SDG 13 - Climate Action, as outlined below. Applicants may choose to address one or more of the outlined topics. For any chosen topic, an interdisciplinary approach is needed, addressing the interplay between society – technology – culture. Research that addresses the social gender dimension is strongly encouraged.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2018
Operating Grant: ECI grants in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health

This funding opportunity is a collaboration between five CIHR institutes with a goal to build research capacity in maternal, reproductive, child and youth health by funding operating grants to early career investigators. The program will fund research across the four CIHR research themes (biomedical, clinical, health systems services, and population health) that has the potential to have a significant impact on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health outcomes according to the mandates of the participating CIHR institutes. Ultimately, the program aims to strengthen Canada's capacity and knowledge to respond to challenges and needs by providing important early career development support to researchers in these fields.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2018
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (2018-2019)
 
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to highly deserving postdoctoral applicants by three of Canada’s federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The program’s emphasis is on the synergy between applicants and host institutions and dictates that applicants must complete their application in full collaboration with a proposed host institution.




APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 19, 2018
Québec's most recent publications in global health
HPV screening and vaccination strategies in an unscreened population: A mathematical modelling study.
Milwid RM, Frascoli F, Steben M, Heffernan JM. 

The Relationship between persistent organic pollutants exposure and type 2 diabetes among First Nations in Ontario and Manitoba, Canada: A difference in difference analysis.
Marushka L, Hu X, Batal M, Sadik T, Schwartz H, Ing A, Fediuk K, Tikhonov C, Chan HM. 

Thyroid disease around the world.
Maniakas A, Davies L, Zafereo ME. 

HLA-G and vertical mother-to-child transmission of human papillomavirus infection.
Louvanto K, Roger M, Faucher MC, Syrjänen K, Grenman S, Syrjänen S.

The demographic history and mutational load of African hunter-gatherers and farmers.
Lopez M, Kousathanas A, Quach H, Harmant C, Mouguiama-Daouda P, Hombert JM, Froment A, Perry GH, Barreiro LB, Verdu P, Patin E, Quintana-Murci L.

Primary healthcare providers' practices related to non-malarial acute febrile illness in Burkina Faso.
Bottger C, Bernard L, Briand V, Bougouma C, Triendebeogo J, Ridde V.
Barriers and Opportunities in Consent and Access Procedures in Low- and Middle-Income Country Biobanks: Meeting Notes from the BCNet Training and General Assembly.
Zawati MH, Tassé AM, Mendy M, Caboux E, Lang M.

Turning off the tap: Using the FAST approach to stop the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Russian Federation.
Miller AC, Livchits V, Ahmad Khan F, Atwood S, Kornienko S, Kononenko Y, Vasilyeva I, Keshavjee S.

Prenatal Exposure to DDT and Pyrethroids for Malaria Control and Child Neurodevelopment: The VHEMBE Cohort, South Africa.
Eskenazi B, An S, Rauch SA, Coker ES, Maphula A, Obida M, Crause M, Kogut KR, Bornman R, Chevrier J. 

Refugee maternal and perinatal health in Ontario, Canada: A retrospective population-based study.
Wanigaratne S, Shakya Y, Gagnon AJ, Cole DC, Rashid M, Blake J, Dastoori P, Moineddin R, Ray JG, Urquia ML. 

Pilot evaluation of a second-generation electronic pill box for adherence to Bedaquiline and antiretroviral therapy in drug-resistant TB/HIV co-infected patients in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Bionghi N, Daftary A, Maharaj B, Msibi Z, Amico KR, Friedland G, Orrell C, Padayatchi N, O'Donnell MR.

Surrogate endpoints in global health research: Still searching for killer apps and silver bullets?
Pai M, Schumacher SG, Abimbola S. 

Training social workers to enhance patient-centred care for drug-resistant TB-HIV in South Africa.
Zelnick JR, Seepamore B, Daftary A, Amico KR, Bhengu X, Friedland G, Padayatchi N, Naidoo K, O'Donnell MR.
Rogers RG, Pauls RN, Thakar R, Morin M, Kuhn A, Petri E, Fatton B, Whitmore K, Kingsberg SA, Lee J.

The burden of hepatitis C virus in Cameroon: Spatial epidemiology and historical perspective.
Njouom R, Siffert I, Texier G, Lachenal G, Tejiokem MC, Pépin J, Fontanet A.

Vitamin D levels and influencing predictors in refugee children in Sherbrooke (Quebec), Canada.
Taseen K, Beaulieu G.
Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Montréal
Université de Sherbrooke and Université McGill
The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of screening for active tuberculosis among migrants in the EU/EEA: A systematic review.
Greenaway C, Pareek M, Abou Chakra CN, Walji M, Makarenko I, Alabdulkarim B, Hogan C, McConnell T, Scarfo B, Christensen R, Tran A, Rowbotham N, Noori T, van der Werf MJ, Pottie K, Matteelli A, Zenner D, Morton RL.
Université Laval and Université McGill
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue et Université de Montréal
Performance-based financing in low-income and middle-income countries: Isn't it time for a rethink?
Paul E, Albert L, Bisala BN, Bodson O, Bonnet E, Bossyns P, Colombo S, De Brouwere V, Dumont A, Eclou DS, Gyselinck K, Hane F, Marchal B, Meloni R, Noirhomme M, Noterman JP, Ooms G, Samb OM, Ssengooba F, Touré L, Turcotte-Tremblay AM, Van Belle S, Vinard P, Ridde V.
Université du Québec en Outaouais and Université de Montréal
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.
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2018-2019)


The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) program supports high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian institutions and other research institutions outside of Canada. This foreign study supplements program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Alexander Graham Bell, or Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master's or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 11, 2018 (1st intake) and October 10, 2018 (2nd intake)
What we've been up to
The Global Health Strategic Group 2017-2018 Support for Results Dissemination Activities Abroad award: Report

In January 2018, the Global Health Strategic Group launched its annual Support for Results Dissemination Activities Abroad award, designed to support Québec graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows in the dissemination of their global health research results abroad. Among the applications received this year, the top two were selected to receive funding. The winners are: Mr Iván Sarmiento, a PhD student from the McGill University Department of Family Medicine, for a research project entitled "Safe birth in cultural safety: The impact of supporting traditional midwives on maternal outcomes in four indigenous groups in southern Mexico"; and Mr Dave Bergeron, a PhD student in Clinical Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, for a  research project entitled  "Realistic assessment of intersectional interventions to promote oral health among schoolchildren living in rural Andean communities". With the results dissemination awards, these graduate students will be able to return to the country in which they had conducted their thesis research (Xochistlahuaca, Acatepec, and Acapulco, Mexico, and Cusco, Peru, respectively) in order to present their results to varied audiences, transferring the knowledge accrued and giving back to their participant communities. We would like to offer these students our sincerest congratulations and wish them the best in their upcoming endeavours!
Thank you to our reviewers!

We would also to take this opportunity to thank all of the independent reviewers who agreed to participate in the evaluation process for the funding applications we received this year, for the tremendous effort and expertise they provided:
  • Hélène Carabin, DVM, PhD - Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Kate Zinszer, PhD - Assistant Professor, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, École de santé publique Université de Montréal
  • Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, ScD - Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University Centre on Population Dynamics
  • Nicolas Gilbert, M.Sc - Senior Epidemiologist, Maternal and Infant Health Section, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Renaud Boulanger, PhD - Research Ethics Consultant, Centre for Applied Ethics, McGill University Health Centre
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. See you next time!

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