Labelle Lectureship

Roberta Labelle

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, presented by Jay Shaw

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."

To view a recording of this presentation, click HERE.

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. 

Labelle Lecture Archives

2020: Tiffany Green
2019: Jennifer Walker
2018: Ruth Lavergne
2017: Dean Spears
2016: Antoine Boivin
2015: Katy Kozhimannil
2014: Onil Bhattacharyya
2013: David Stuckler
2012: Irfan Dhalla
2011: Michael Law
2010: Tamara Daly
2009: Anirban Basu
2008: Sebastian Schneeweiss
2007: Steve Morgan
2006: Pascale Lehoux
2005: Jennifer Prah Ruger
2004: Valerie Steeves
2003: Meredith Rosenthal
2002: Mark Sculpher
2001: Jean-Mane Berthelot
2000: Peter Ubel
1999: Colleen Flood
1998: Lisa Bero
1997: Mandy Ryan
1996: Jane Weeks
1995: Peter Singer
1994: Steven Katz
1993: Alayne Mary Adams
1992: Andrew M. Jones

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