Labelle Lectureship

Roberta Labelle

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, 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.

Labelle Lecture Archives

2020: Tiffany Green
2019: Jennifer Walker
2018: Ruth Lavergne
2017: Dean Spears
2016: Dr. Antoine Boivin
2015: Katy Kozhimannil
2014: Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya
2013: David Stuckler
2012: Dr. Irfan Dhalla
2011: Michael Law
2010: Tamara Daly
2009: Anirban Basu
2008: Sebastian Schneeweiss
2007: Steve Morgan
2006: Pascale Lehoux
2005: Jennifer Prah Ruger
2004: Valerie Steeves
2003: Meredith Rosenthal
2002: Mark Sculpher
2001: Jean-Mane Berthelot
2000: Peter Ubel
1999: Colleen Flood
1998: Lisa Bero
1997: Mandy Ryan
1996: Jane Weeks
1995: Peter Singer
1994: Steven Katz
1993: Alayne Mary Adams
1992: Andrew M. Jones

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