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The York Institute for Health Research (YIHR) is home to a new breed of health researchers who actively conduct research from within interdisciplinary teams and cross-sectoral networks. With both eminent researchers and emerging scholars, YIHR draws together a range of social, biomedical, environmental, and behavioural scientists, as well as researchers from business, law, education, and the physical sciences. As a result, research at YIHR bridges the divide between the sciences and social sciences, in order to deliver  real world solutions.


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Taking Action: Using Arts-Based Approaches to Develop Aboriginal Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention

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Disability Rights Promotion International

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Youth, Disability and Sexual Health
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Postdoctoral Fellowship “Health Risk Assessment for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management”, at York University and Manifold Data Mining Inc. Applicants should have a PhD degree and significant experience in data mining and statistics. Experience in preventive medicine and manipulating large datasets  will be an asset. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae along with complete contact information and some representative research papers, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Aijun An at

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Academic Director, York University Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (“RDC”). Applications and nominations (including curriculum vitae and the names of three referees who may be contacted) should be sent to Shelly Khushal, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, 5th Floor, York Research Tower, The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 24, 2014. ACADEMIC DIRECTOR RDC – job posting Apr 9 2014

We are very pleased to share with everyone the exiting news that our Director, Marcia Rioux, has received the  Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award. The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award is presented with gratitude by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to Marcia Rioux, in recognition of your outstanding contributions to Ontario communities, and in particular, for leadership and advocacy in disability studies, commitment to enhanced opportunities for persons with disabilities, and courage in the face of adversity.

Job Posting: Research Assistant. For full posting click: Research Assistant YIHR Posting (01.10.2014)

CBC Natioanl news identified YIHR Expanding the Circle project, Marcia Rioux (Principal Investigator), project about disability rights in Aboriginal communities in Ontario on November 28th

Job Posting: Research Assistant,

Disability Rights Promotion International- Toronto, Canada

Part- time position (Part-time)
Affiliation: YUSA 2

Salary: $18.55 per hour

Position Start Date: As soon as possible Position End date: 4 months from start date

DRPI is a collaborative project to establish a comprehensive, sustainable international system to monitor human rights of people with disabilities.


- Acts as a resource in the on-going field research work in Canada, and from other regions i.e. Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas.  Assists the Project Coordinator in monitoring the progress of the research team. Raises issues to the Project Coordinator and PI, as necessary.

- Assists the Project Coordinator with administrative tasks related to the project activities.

- Research and writing related to the Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) project, and all related employment projects.

- Working with international partners on the qualitative and quantitative research in which they are engaged.

- Searches for funding opportunities and recommends what is appropriate for the project. Assists in the writing of funding proposals and applications.

- Other duties as required.


The position will involve working under the direction of Marcia Rioux Director of YIHR, and PI of DRPI until or unless otherwise specified.

If you are interested in applying, please submit your resume and covering letter to York Institute for Health Research front desk or

Closing Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Job Posting: Research Assistant 
York Institute for Health Research (YIHR)
- Toronto, Canada Part- time position (3 days a week, 6 month contract)

The York Institute for Health Research (YIHR) is a university-based organized research unit that fosters health research. YIHR facilitates, supports, and conducts research under broad health themes through the lenses of community engagement, interdisciplinarity, internationality, multi-method approaches and policy relevance. YIHR is looking to hire a Research Assistant to ensure a gender lens is incorporated throughout YIHR activities, providing input into projects, institute development and dissemination activities. The Research Assistant position will involve working under the direction of YIHR Director and Project Coordinator.


-Assists the Project Coordinator in bringing a gender lens to projects, events and new applications. Raises issues to the Project Coordinator and PI, as necessary.
– Research and writing related to YIHR institutional reports and research projects.
– Searches for funding opportunities and assists PI in developing new applications
–  Assists the Project Coordinator in bringing together interdisciplinary research teams, developing a gender lens into projects, advising researchers on university and funding processes and policies, and ensuring application deadlines are met-
– Coordinating YIHR activities including meetings, student events and project activities.
– Support YIHR and research project knowledge mobilization including YIHR facebook page, twitter account, newsletter and podcasts, as well as developing and coordinating YIHR seminars and speakers related to gender and health.
–  Assists the Project Coordinator with administrative tasks.

If you are interested in applying, please submit your resume and covering letter to York Institute for Health Research front desk or

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Closing Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) is proud to announce that Bengt Lindqvist Co Director of DRPI will be honoured today,  Friday June 7, 2013 receiving the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, presented by York University, Toronto Canada. Bengt’s leadership and dedication to the rights of persons with disabilities has had a lasting effect on the policies of governments and the lives of people throughout the world. Serving as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability from 1994 to 2003, he monitored the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, a framework to further the equality and full participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development.

YIHR Executive Committee members, Marcia Rioux, Pat Armstrong, Ron Pearlman and Jianhong Wu have all been recognized by York University as Distinguished Research Professors. The title of Distinguished Research Professor is awarded to 25 faculty members at York who have demonstrated excellent, sustained and continuing contributions to a particular field, and whose work has had a major impact on the field, both at York and internationally. For more information, visit two-profs-awarded-2013-distinguished-research-professor-title

Call for Papers for the 8th Annual Centre for Refugee Studies’ Graduate Student Conference, to be held from 26-27 April 2013 at York University, Toronto, Canada. The theme of the conference is “Identity and Belonging: Experiencing Forced Migration and the Role of Community, Participation, and Collaboration.” Please circulate widely. Note that the abstract submission deadline has been extended to April 11, 2013. CFP – CRS Student Conference 2013

York University Professor Tamara Daly has been awarded one of nine Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) research chairs in Gender Work and Health. The professor will lead a research program, Working Well: Understanding How Gender Influences Working Conditions and Health in Long-Term Care Settings Across Canada over the next five years. For more information, ?utm_source=YFile_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Research probes health impacts of gendered senior care work

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) awarded York University almost $6.2 million to lead two major research projects. The projects will bring post-secondary education to the Dadaab refugee camps and surrounding area in northeastern Kenya, and promote employment of people with disabilities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The first project will be led by anthropology Professor Wenona Giles and education Professor Don Dippo, the second by Professor Marcia Rioux of the School Health Policy & Management in the Faculty of Health and Director of York Institute for Health Research.

Centre for Disease Modelling, will bring Canadian scientists together with principal Brazilian partners from the University of São Paulo and the BIOMAT Consortium/BIOMAT Institute of Advanced Studies of Biosystems to lead to important advances in the control of many diseases, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis. For more information visit, scientists-from-canada-and-brazil-join-to-fight-infectious-disease

International Youth Internship Program accepting applications for placements in Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, and Indonesia. These are 6-month placements for Canadian university graduates that are funded by CIDA, and start in May.  The application deadline is February 18. For further information:

Stay tuned for the date of the next YIHR Student Committee meeting. For information on the YIHR Student Committee email:

Juanita Beaudry


Join YIHR on Twitter (!/york_yihr) for event updates and other YIHR news.


The Canadian Obesity Network- Students and New Professionals Chapter at York are hosting an event called “Searching for Satiety in Children: Role of diet, exercise and the environment” next Tuesday , March 26th from 12:00-1:00pm at Bethune 320, York University. Find the Canadian Obesity Network Student and New Professional York Chapter on Facebook at:

You are invited to attend the “CDM Distinguished Lecture: Spatio-temporal spread of infectious pathogens in discrete space”, to be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM in Ross Building room N638. Presenter: Prof. Julien Arino, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Manitoba. For more details please check the poster at:

Join the Healthcare and Biotechnology Forum in collaboration with GRASP and SAMOS in “Correlation between Teamwork and Performance in Healthcare” on Nov. 6th, 5:30-7 pm at the Schulich School of Business, Room S124, Keele Campus. Hosted by Prof. Franziska Tschan form University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, this is a great learning opportunity for students/faculty interested in healthcare to learn about research methodologies, procedures, findings and the implications. Business professional dress-code in effect, refreshments will be served.

Join GRASP on Tuesday Nov. 5th 5:00-6:30 PM in Room 313, Student Centre at York University for From Start to Finish: Navigating University Life to Building a Career. Drs. Coons & Guglietti will discuss how to make the most of undergrad, grad and post-grad opportunities based on their academic and career paths. The discussion will inform students about the university experience, and how academic work shapes career opportunities and a discussion of career paths both inside and outside the academy. Snacks and Beverages provided, all are welcome. For more info visit:

On Tuesday October 15th, 2013, York University collaborated on a workshop held at the National University of Rwanda, led by York University Professor Susan McGrath on transcultural social work knowledge. For more information, please visit

Join us in “Changing the Conversation: Reimagining Long-term Residential Care” on May 27, 2013, 6pm-8pm at Courtyard Marriott, 475 Yonge St., Toronto with Moderator: Pat Armstrong, York University and Panelists: Liz Lloyd, University of Bristol; Monique Lanoix, Appalachian State University; and Sally Chivers, Trent University. For more information, visit Changing the Conversation.

Join the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs on April 17, 2013 at 6 pm, at Ryerson University for a Conversation on “Immigration Detention in Canada and abroad: What is the cost of liberty?” Immigration Detention in Canada and Abroad

Race and Space with Sherene Razack on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. 12:15 – 2PM in Room 140 HNES (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Seminar poster_Final Art

2013 York Institute for Health Research Student Symposium, Critical Perspectives on the Future of Health will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson Building. We encourage all graduate and undergraduate students interested in health to attend. For more information, contact Syeda Kabir at or Juanita Beaudry at or visit, ?page_id=2508

PINK RIBBONS INC. A film screening and discussion about breast cancer fundraising and
environmental links to cancer on Wednesday February 27 2012, 2PM – 4:30PM in Room 1009, TEL Building, York University.

Let’s Talk. York University is holding a York U Let’s Talk Mental Health day on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Vari Hall and the CIBC lobby from 10am to 3pm. York is hoping to increase awareness of mental health issues, as well as available resources and how all members of the York community can access them. get-talking-tuesday-is-york-u-lets-talk-mental-health-day

LaMarsh Leadership Representatives are hosting a workshop “Realities of a Career After Grad School: Developing the Competitive Edge”. The Workshop will be held on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 1-3:30 p.m. 2013 February 11, 2013 workshop flyer

YIHR Student Committee is scheduled for Monday, February 11th at 3pm in TEL building, room 5021. Please feel free to drop by to see what the student committee is planning.