Environment & Health Seminar: Global Context and Climate Change: Implications For Global Health in The 21st Century

When and Where

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 4:10 pm to 6:00 pm


James Orbinski, Professor & Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University

Abstract: Dr. Orbinski will explore and define the major challenges of the global commons, as these intersect with climate change to impact global health in the 21st Century. He will also explore the necessity of a critical problem-solving approach to improving effectiveness, equity, and excellence in global health. Dr. Orbinski will also give examples of transdisciplinary innovations and research that seek to improve 1) planetary health;  2) approaches to global health and humanitarianism, and 3) major issues of the future like rising antimicrobial resistance and pandemic preparedness and response.

Brief Bio: Dr. James Orbinski is a professor and the inaugural Director of York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. As a medical doctor, a humanitarian practitioner and advocate, a best-selling author, and a leading scholar in global health, Dr. Orbinski believes in actively engaging and shaping our world so that it is more just, fair and humane.

A champion of health and humanitarianism throughout his career, Dr. Orbinski has extensive leadership, advocacy, and research experience in global health. He has worked providing 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 and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF in 1999. He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarianism in the 21st Century.

Dr. Orbinski holds a BSc from Trent University, an MD degree from McMaster University, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Meritorious Service Cross for his leadership in providing direct medical relief in Kigali during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. An avid canoeist, Dr. Orbinski lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife and their three children.

Location: ONLINE. To register for this event, please open the following link https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEocumhpjssGdCY9IIBuFbwplrAIO2P8f_- 

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