Roberta Labelle was a founding member of CHEPA. Her death in 1991 occurred when broad recognition for her health economics research was beginning to emerge. The memorial Labelle Lecture is presented annually by a 'rising star' such as Dean Spears, shown here.
Roberta Labelle, left, was one of the Centre's founding members. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge. In memory of Roberta, CHEPA and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impacts collaborated on establishing the Annual Labelle Lectureship Series. In the autumn of each year, a health services researcher with emerging recognition and an inter-disciplinary approach to research gives a general interest lecture on a topic in the broadly defined areas of health economics and/or health policy. The Labelle Lecturer is also available for consultations with individuals in and outside McMaster University during the period of his/her visit. An endowment was established to assure the ongoing funding of the Lectureship.
Scroll down for a historical list of Labelle Lectures.
The 30th anniversary Labelle Lecture to be presented by Jay Shaw on Nov. 10, 2021
Jay Shaw, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, presented the 2021-22 Labelle Lecture – its 30th anniversary - on Wednesday, November 10 at 3 pm. His lecture was entitled "Will Innovation Save Health Care? Issues and Opportunities for Health Care as a Public Good."
A link to a recording of this presentation will be available shortly.
Shaw is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at University of Toronto with cross-appointment to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He serves as Research Director of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ethics & Health at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and is adjunct Scientist at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. He practiced as a physical therapist in community-based care prior to completing his PhD in 2012.
His program of research addresses the implementation and ethical implications of innovations in health care, with a special focus on innovative models of community-focused integrated care, digital health technologies, and applications of AI in health care.
Dr. Tiffany Green, an economist and population health scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in racial/ethnic and nativity disparities in reproductive health. She presented "Saving Black Women and Babies: Leveraging Data and Community Engagement to Achieve Health Equity" on Nov. 11, 2020.
Jennifer Walker, PhD, associate professor, School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University, who holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health. She is also the Indigenous Lead for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She presented "Indigenous Data and Research" on November 14, 2919.
Ruth Lavergne, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, presented "Primary care, secondary data: Learning from policy change in British Columbia" on Wednesday Oct 3, 2018.
The Labelle Lectureship Series marked its 25th anniversary this year with a special lecture by Dr. Antoine Boivin, MD, PhD, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership. He presented: "Evolving relationships: Caring for, learning from, and healing with patients."
2012: Dr. Irfan Dhalla
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Staff physician, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital. "The Virtual Ward and other policy-relevant trials in health care"
2011: Michael Law
Assistant professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC Faculty member, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC. Law, a researcher with expertise in pharmaceutical policy, described how the changing market for generic drugs presents a unique opportunity for Canadian governments to introduce universal coverage.
2010: Tamara Daly
Assistant professor, York University
Political economist, School of Health Policy & Management, York University
"It’s about time to care! Can we learn from Scandinavians about care for the elderly?"
2009: Anirban Basu
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
"Comparative effectiveness research: Another emperor with no clothes?"
2008: Sebastian Schneeweiss
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
"Reference drug programs: Can we contain costs without harming patients?"
2007: Steve Morgan
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia
Health Economist, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC
"Expenditure Overdose? Causes, Consequences and Cures for Canada's Pharmaceutical Cost Crises"
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