The Labelle Lectureship Committee of McMaster University is seeking nominations for a promising junior health services researcher — a rising star in the field — to give the 2021-22 Labelle Lecture – its 30th anniversary. 

Roberta Labelle was one of CHEPA’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.

Given that many early career researchers have been disproportionally affected by the ongoing pandemic and the scarcity of awards for promising junior researchers, the Committee has decided to increase the stipend offered to the Lecturer to $2000 (as it did last year).

The Labelle Lecturer can be from any country and should have these characteristics:

  • Is early in his/her career development (assistant or early associate level), and shows tremendous promise based on early research accomplishments;
  • Is conducting research on a topic that challenges existing methods or accepted ideas in health research;
  • Is capable of delivering a high-quality lecture that will be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience of health researchers and decision makers;
  • Can spend one to two days at McMaster to present a one-hour lecture, followed by a reception; meet with faculty and students and attend a dinner.

Given the current circumstances, it is envisaged that the Lecture may be live-streamed in late fall 2021 and that the in-person visit to McMaster University may be replaced with virtual meetings.

Please submit nominations to Emmanuel Guindon, Chair of the Labelle Lectureship Committee, at, and include the following information regarding the nominee:

Full name, current position, link to their faculty page, and, when possible, an updated CV.

A brief paragraph describing the topic on which you believe the nominated individual could present the Labelle Lecture.

Recent Labelle Lecturers include Tiffany Green, Jennifer Walker, Ruth Lavergne, Dean Spears, Antoine Boivin, Katy Kozhimannil, Onil Bhattacharyya, David Stuckler, Irfan Dhalla and Michael Law.

This Call for Nominations will close on August 20, 2021.

For more information about the Labelle Lecture, click here.

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