Picchione Lecture Series

The Picchione Lecture Series: Research and the Future of Health Care serves to engage public interest and understanding of the relationship between health research and health outcomes.

Led by a prominent keynote speaker dedicated to health advocacy and/or health research, each event focuses on a theme central to the keynote lecture, then carried over to a panel discussion featuring outstanding health researchers from Dalhousie University. 

Upcoming Picchione seminar series:

Dr. Kevin Kain, MD
June 14th, 2024
2:30-6pm Collaborative Health Education Building Rm C170
The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Kain is a Clinician-Scientist, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, UHN-Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Kain has worked extensively in low resource settings including New Guinea, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mozambique, Madagascar, Peru, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Bhutan, Indonesia and the Amazon basin. His research is focused on major global infectious disease threats, particularly as they pertain to maternal-child health; global equity, knowledge sharing and the transfer of appropriate technologies and the training of clinicians and scientists in low resource settings, empowering them to address their problems in a sustainable fashion. His current projects include: PI of multi-site randomized placebo-controlled intervention trial in Kenya to reduce preterm birth and neonatal sepsis – the leading causes of under 5 death globally; and as co-PI of a $11.5M EU-funded multi-site trial (Mozambique, Gabon and Ethiopia) to evaluate a new rapid point-of-care triage test for sepsis.

Dr Kain has received several awards including: the “C. Woolf Award” for “Excellence in Teaching”, University of Toronto, U of T “Department of Medicine Research Award”, a “Career Scientist Award”, Ontario Ministry of Health, “Bailey K Ashford Medal” from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, awarded for “Distinguished work in Tropical Medicine”; and the “Sornchai Looareesuwan Medal”, from Mahidol University in Thailand for “Leadership and outstanding research accomplishments in malaria”. Dr Kain was profiled by “TIME magazine” as one of “Canada’s Best in Medicine”. Peer reviewed publications >400; Research Support: totals over $125,000,000
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Call for Proposals:

If you are interested in hosting a Picchione Lecture, on a topic that would interest the general public, please submit a proposal outlining your plan.  If your proposal is selected, all expenses related to the Lecture will be paid, up to a maximum of $8000.00.

Proposal requirements will be posted soon.

Please contact us, if you have any questions about the Picchione Lecture Series.

May 2019: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Lifelong Consequences on the Individual Brain and Society

Early life stress and trauma has been shown to impact out genes and brains, often resulting in negative outcomes. This presentation will discuss the current research on early life stress and how protective and resilience factors can allow for positive, contributing members of our society.

Gustavo Turecki, MD PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
McGill University
Scientific Director, Douglas Research Centre

Mohammed Shaheen, PhD
Associate Professor of Public Health, Alludes University-Palestine

Alon Friedman, MD PhD
Dennis Chair in Epilepsy Research
Professor, Medical Neuroscience, Dalhousie University & NSHA

Cynthia Calkin, MD CCFP FRCPC
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
Clinician at NSHA

George Jordan
M.C. & Moderator
Patient advocate

June 2018: Patients as Partners in Research & Health Care

Engaging patients in all aspects of primary health care research can help make research more relevant and meaningful for both patients and researchers. The purpose of this presentation will be to explore the how/when/where and, especially, the why of engaging patients in primary health care research through stories of patient engagement from Colorado, USA.

Maret Felzien, MA
Associate Professor, Reading
Northeaster Junior College

Jack Westfall, MD MPH
Professor of Family Medicine
Co-director of High Plains Research Network

Frederick Burge, MD FCFP MSc
Professor and Research Director
Department of Family Medicine
Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health Authority

Tara Sampalli, PhD
Director of Research and Innovation
Primary Health Care
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Kylie Peacock
Patient Advocate

June 2017: Using Genetics to Find New Treatments of Disease

Dr. Stephen Jones, Co-Director and Head, Bioinformatics, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, British Columbia Cancer Agency

Dr. Christopher McMaster, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University

Dr. Conrad Fernandez, Professor and Head, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University

Andrew Burke, Partner, Stewart McKelvey/ Chair, Foundation Fighting Blindness (Canada)/ inherited eye disease patient

Dr. Johan van Limbergen, Assistant Professor, Depts of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology, IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University

The Honourable James S. Cowan, QC, Senator, Nova Scotia

Dr. Morgan Langille, Canada Research Chair in Human Microbiomics/ Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Dahousie University

June 2015: Why Can't You Fix My Back Pain?

Dr. Jeffrey S. Mogil, E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies; Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of Pain, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Jill Hayden, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health

Dr. Katherine Harman, Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University

(ret.) Sergeant Todd Berry, CD2, Canadian Armed Forces, Chronic Pain Care Consumer

Dr. Mary Lynch, FRCPC (moderator), Professor, Departments of Anesthesia, (Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine), Psychiatry, and Pharmacology, Dalhousie University; Director of Research, Pain Management Unit, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre

January 2014: Working Toward a Better Future for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mr. Randy Lewis, Corporate Leader; Author of No Greatness Without Goodness

Dr. Susan Bryson, Professor and (past) Craig Chair in Autism Research, Departments of Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience

Dr. Tricia Beattie, Clinical Psychologist, IWK Health Centre

Dr. Jennifer Overton, Parent, Playwright, Author

Dr. Isabel Smith (moderator), Professor and Craig Chair in Autism Research, Departments of Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience

October 2012: Childhood Obesity: Complex Solutions to a Complex Problem

Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Officer/Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health and Wellness, Government of Nova Scotia

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Physician and Medical Director, Bariatric Medical Institute, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Sara Kirk, Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, School of Health and Human Performance

May 2011: Current Advances in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. T.J. Murray, Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University

Dr. Virender Bhan, Director, Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit

Dr. Christine Short, Division Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre

Trudy Campbell, RN-NP, Nurse Practitioner, Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit

October 2010: Prevention of Cancer: Partnerships to Reduce the Risks

Dr. Lousie Parker, Principle Investigator, Atlantic PATH; Canadian Cancer Society (NS Division) Chair in Population Cancer Research; Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr. Sara Kirk, Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, School of Health and Human Performance 

Mr. Chris Skedgel, Research Heatlh Economist, Nova Scotia Health

Dr. Devanand Pinto, Senior Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada

October 2009: Improving Outcomes for Persons Living with Schizophrenia

Dr. Stanley Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

Dr. Philip Tibbo, Dr. Paul Janssen Chair in Psychotic Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

Dr. James Fawcett, Canada Research Chair in Brain Repair, Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Jean Hughes, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University

April 2007: Inaugural Lecture - Future Parkinson's Disease Treatments

Ms. Rashida Ali, Health Advocate