Roberta Labelle was a founding member of CHEPA. Her death in 1991 occurred when broad recognition for her health economics research was beginning to emerge. The memorial Labelle Lecture is presented annually by a 'rising star' such as Dean Spears, shown here.
Roberta Labelle, left, was one of the Centre's founding members. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge. In memory of Roberta, CHEPA and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impacts collaborated on establishing the Annual Labelle Lectureship Series. In the autumn of each year, a health services researcher with emerging recognition and an inter-disciplinary approach to research gives a general interest lecture on a topic in the broadly defined areas of health economics and/or health policy. The Labelle Lecturer is also available for consultations with individuals in and outside McMaster University during the period of his/her visit. An endowment was established to assure the ongoing funding of the Lectureship.
Scroll down for a historical list of Labelle Lectures.
Nominate a ‘rising star’ health services researcher to give the 30th anniversary Labelle Lecture
The Labelle Lectureship Committee of McMaster University is seeking nominations for a promising junior health services researcher — a rising star in the field — to give the 2021-22 Labelle Lecture – its 30th anniversary.
Given that many early career researchers have been disproportionally affected by the ongoing pandemic and the scarcity of awards for promising junior researchers, the Committee has decided to increase the stipend offered to the Lecturer to $2000 (as it did last year).
The Labelle Lecturer can be from any country and should have these characteristics:
Is early in his/her career development (assistant or early associate level), and shows tremendous promise based on early research accomplishments;
Is conducting research on a topic that challenges existing methods or accepted ideas in health research;
Is capable of delivering a high-quality lecture that will be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience of health researchers and decision makers;
Can spend one to two days at McMaster to present a one-hour lecture, followed by a reception; meet with faculty and students and attend a dinner.
Given the current circumstances, it is envisaged that the Lecture may be live-streamed in late fall 2021 and that the in-person visit to McMaster University may be replaced with virtual meetings.
Please submit nominations to Emmanuel Guindon, Chair of the Labelle Lectureship Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the following information regarding the nominee:
Full name, current position, link to their faculty page, and, when possible, an updated CV.
A brief paragraph describing the topic on which you believe the nominated individual could present the Labelle Lecture.
Recent Labelle Lecturers include Tiffany Green, Jennifer Walker, Ruth Lavergne, Dean Spears, Antoine Boivin, Katy Kozhimannil, Onil Bhattacharyya, David Stuckler, Irfan Dhalla and Michael Law.
This Call for Nominations will close on August 20, 2021.
Dr. Tiffany Green, an economist and population health scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in racial/ethnic and nativity disparities in reproductive health. She presented "Saving Black Women and Babies: Leveraging Data and Community Engagement to Achieve Health Equity" on Nov. 11, 2020.
Jennifer Walker, PhD, associate professor, School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University, who holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health. She is also the Indigenous Lead for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She presented "Indigenous Data and Research" on November 14, 2919.
Ruth Lavergne, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, presented "Primary care, secondary data: Learning from policy change in British Columbia" on Wednesday Oct 3, 2018.
The Labelle Lectureship Series marked its 25th anniversary this year with a special lecture by Dr. Antoine Boivin, MD, PhD, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership. He presented: "Evolving relationships: Caring for, learning from, and healing with patients."
2012: Dr. Irfan Dhalla
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Staff physician, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital. "The Virtual Ward and other policy-relevant trials in health care"
2011: Michael Law
Assistant professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC Faculty member, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC. Law, a researcher with expertise in pharmaceutical policy, described how the changing market for generic drugs presents a unique opportunity for Canadian governments to introduce universal coverage.
2010: Tamara Daly
Assistant professor, York University
Political economist, School of Health Policy & Management, York University
"It’s about time to care! Can we learn from Scandinavians about care for the elderly?"
2009: Anirban Basu
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
"Comparative effectiveness research: Another emperor with no clothes?"
2008: Sebastian Schneeweiss
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
"Reference drug programs: Can we contain costs without harming patients?"
2007: Steve Morgan
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia
Health Economist, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC
"Expenditure Overdose? Causes, Consequences and Cures for Canada's Pharmaceutical Cost Crises"
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