Jha to deliver Buck lecture

By Communications Staff
October 12, 2012

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Dr. Prabhat Jha, Centre for Global Health Research executive director, will deliver the annual Carol Buck Lecture at 1:30 p.m. today, Oct. 12 in K 203, 3rd floor, Kresge Building. Hosted by the Deaprtment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Jha's lecture is entitled Avoidable Mortality Globally: The Last 40 Years and the Next 40 Years.

Jha has been a key figure in epidemiology and economics of global health for the past decade. He is the University of Toronto endowed Professor in Disease Control and Canada Research Chair at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the founding director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Jha is a lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India, which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in more than 1 million homes from 1997-2014 and which examines the contribution of key risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol, diet and environmental exposures. He is the author of several influential books on tobacco control, including two that helped enable a global treaty on tobacco control, now signed by more than 160 countries.

Also at the event, the annual Carol Buck Graduate Scholarship in Epidemiology will be presented following the lecture to an outstanding graduate student. The scholarship was established to honour Buck, whose affiliation with Epidemiology and Biostatistics was from 1952-2004.

Throughout her career, Buck’s work demonstrated a commitment to advancing human health. Using rigorous methods of epidemiology to identify and correct the causes and determinants of ill-health, she became an international leader in the discipline.  























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