CASCH 2017 keynote speakers
Friday, September 15 Keynote:
Dr. Lalilta Bharadwaj
Acting Program Director and Associated Professor
Dr. Bharadwaj is a toxicologist at the University of Saskatchewan, with unique expertise in human and environmental health risk assessment, and community-based participatory research involving Indigenous communities. Dr. Bharadwaj has a diverse academic background, with a BSc. in Physiology, an MSc. in Pathology, a Ph.D. in Toxicology, and Post-Doctoral training in Respiratory Medicine and Molecular/Cellular Biology. Now, Dr. Bharadwaj strives to be a leader in community-based participatory research, primarily within Saskatchewan First Nation communities. As part of this, she leads the SHRF-funded Safe Water for Health Research Team (SWHRT), whose goals are to generate the critical knowledge necessary to inform evidence-based decisions about water policy, while promoting the health of Indigenous, rural and remote populations, both regionally and globally. Dr. Bharadwaj's research has been well-funded, most notable with SHRF and CIHR funding. As such, we are extremely excited to have her be one of this year's keynote speakers.
Throughout her career, Dr. Bharadwaj has performed numerous human and environmental health risk assessments on Brownfield sites impacted by creosote, petroleum, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and heavy metals and marked for re-development. She has also made strong connections with Aboriginal communities, both regionally and globally, using her participatory community approach, particularly in reference to her research on water quality. In addition to her research, she has helped conduct a number of summer science camps at the University of Saskatchewan for high school students from northern Aboriginal communities.
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Saturday, September 5 Keynote:
Dr. Jim Silvius, BA (Oxon), MD, FRCP
Dr. Silvius is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary; Provincial Medical Director, Seniors Health at Alberta Health Services and Senior, Medical Director, Seniors SCN at Alberta Health Services (AHS). His responsibilities at AHS have included oversight of the development and implementation of the Palliative and End of Life Care Framework (2014) and, more recently, he has led the development of medical assistance in dying as a service on behalf of AHS. He maintains a clinical practice in geriatrics at Rockyview General Hospital.