open dialogue

Join our guest experts for a thought-provoking conversation on how Dalhousie is building strong health outcomes through research.

About this event

The last few years have highlighted global gaps in health care—stark inequities, a prohibitive lack of reliable and accessible data, lags in the development, manufacturing, and delivery of vaccines and therapies, and more.

Dalhousie is the nexus of health-related research, education, and outreach programs in Atlantic Canada. With faculties of medicine, health, and dentistry, the university has a concentration of health disciplines that is one of the largest in the country and creates a vibrant and collaborative community of professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes and building strong health systems – through health education and more accessible care, and drive health research that finds solutions for individuals, populations, and health care systems.

Join the conversation to hear from our panelists on the research being done here in our own backyard. How it will improve access to health care education, harness the power of the immune system through the Immune Innovations Consortium, leveraging our world-leading research in infection, immunity, inflammation and vaccinology (I3V), and how care will be delivered in our communities.

Register to attend

This event is free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP to attend in person or to participate virtually via livestream.

This event will be presented in person in Theatre C, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building on our Charlton Campus, as well as livestreamed via Dalhousie Alumni and Friends Facebook Live and Dalhousie YouTube. All attendees will have an opportunity to engage during the Q&A portion following the discussion.

Our moderator

Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice-President Research & Innovation at Dalhousie University

Dr. Aiken is an active researcher focused on health systems transformation and evidence-informed policy-making. Dr. Aiken is currently the Vice-Chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and chairs the board of Research Nova Scotia. She is elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

She was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie. She is a co-founder and the former Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, a unique consortium of over 41 Canadian and 7 international universities dedicated to researching the health needs of military personnel, Veterans and their families.

She received her PhD and Master from Queen’s University, Canada, her Physical Therapy degree from Dalhousie University, and a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa. She also proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years, first as a ship’s navigator in the Royal Canadian Navy, then as a physiotherapist.

She is currently the Honorary Captain (Navy) for Canadian Forces Health Services Atlantic, and a Dame of the Order of St George. For her commitment to the health and well-being of military personnel, Veterans, and their families, she has received the Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion (USA).


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