The 2017 CPHAZ symposium was an amazing success!!
On Tuesday, May 24, CPHAZ held their 5th symposium at the University of Guelph. It was an impressive day that was kicked off by Dr. David Patrick, a professor (and past director) at the School of Population and Public Health in the University of British Columbia, with his presentation on ‘Antibiotic Stewardship across the spectrum of One Health: What works?’. Over 175 participants came out to hear talks from 25 presenters ranging from comparative cancer to emerging zoonoses. Attendees were busy moving back and forth listening in to their preferred talks during the split sessions and intriguing questions spilled out into discussions at the breaks afterwards.
There were a record number of posters this year with over 40 being displayed in the main concourse of Rozanski Hall, including research posters and some from the EcoHealth Community of Interest and the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. The students also brought a healthy competition to the event with a record high of 20 graduate students taking part in the 2 minute research summaries, with the audience voted on their favourites. The 2 minute pitches could not have gone smoother, with the cow bell ringing very few times!
Shannon Brown, an MPH student, took first place with her 2 minute summary of a systematic review on skin cancer and UVR exposure among sexual minorities. The runner up spot was secured by only one vote difference from third place, and this went to Stephanie Masina and her work on Giardia and Cryptosporidium surveillance and potential waterborne disease transmission in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Thank you to all of our speakers, attendees, steering and organizing committees for making this day such a success. We will have slides, abstracts, posters and pictures from the day’s event posted soon.
Our next CPHAZ symposium will be in 2018, see you there!!