We are global health leaders, researchers, practitioners, and students addressing 21st century global health challenges.
We research, teach, and form partnerships in three areas:
Planetary Health research calls urgent attention to the human health cost of environmental degradation and invites deeper reflection on the relationship between human and environmental wellbeing.
Global Health & Humanitarianism
The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research works to improve clinical public health effectiveness of humanitarian response through scientific research, technological innovation, and critical perspectives which speak to the realities of contemporary humanitarian policy and practice.
Global Health Foresighting
The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research gives license to imaginative and intentional approaches to designing global health futures.
We value effectiveness, excellence, and equity in global health
The Dahdaleh Institute is home to the highest caliber of global health research with real-world impact. By engaging health policy, practice and science on the world stage, the Dahdaleh Institute works to strengthen the global commons and enhance global health equity.
We are committed to growing global health at York University, building partnerships at and beyond the university, and fostering a new generation of global health scholars and practitioners.
Our work is collaborative and transdisciplinary – the challenges of global health aren’t limited by academic categories, so neither are we. This is how we shape a socially just global health.
Short Documentaries: Planetary Health Film Lab | Winter 2020In February 2020, seven emerging filmmakers from six countries came to the Dahdaleh Institute in Toronto to participate in the...
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Blockchain for a Healthy ClimatePutting the Paris Agreement on the blockchain Using blockchain technology to connect the National Carbon Accounts of all countries in...
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A Health-Based Case against Canadian Arms Transfers to Saudi ArabiaAbstract Under the Arms Trade Treaty, state parties must assess the extent to which the export of conventional arms might...
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We are stewarded by real-world insights.
James Orbinski, Director
Prior to joining the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research as inaugural Director, Dr. James Orbinski provided medical humanitarian relief in situations of war, famine, epidemic disease, and genocide with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He was elected International President of MSF from 1998-2001, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF in 1999, co-chaired the founding of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative in 2004, and co-founded Dignitas International. He is a Board Member of Grand Challenges Canada, and has been a member of several bodies committed to improving health equity both in Canada and around the world.
The Dahdaleh Institute was founded in 2015 at York University, Toronto, Canada, through an endowment from Victor Phillip Dahdaleh. Dahdaleh’s donation is the largest by an alumnus in the university’s history.
Interim Director Mary Wiktorowicz, the Vice President Research & Innovation, and six York University Faculties – Education, Environmental and Urban Change (formerly Environmental Studies), Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School – collaborated over the following years to make the Dahdaleh Institute a reality. With the appointment of Dr. James Orbinski as inaugural Director in 2017, the Dahdaleh Institute’s academic priorities took shape and research activities began.
The wordmark of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research features a Golden Circle (in place of the "O" in "Global").
The Golden Circle is a circular presentation of the Golden Ratio. The golden ratio is a mathematical ratio commonly found in nature and present in art, architecture and design at least since antiquity. The golden ratio is relevant to maths, sciences, the arts, design, and other disciplines. The golden ratio is approximately 1 : 1.618.
The golden ratio is emblematic of the Dahdaleh Institute’s excellence in transdisciplinarity, and our engagement with underlying structures of real-world phenomena.