Invited Speakers

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The following have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the conference:


Fiona Stanley

Fiona Stanley AC is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she was Director, 2013 Festival of Ideas.

Trained in maternal and child health, epidemiology and public health, Professor Stanley has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects. Her research includes the gathering and analysis of population data for epidemiological and public health research; the causes and prevention of birth defects and major neurological disorders, particularly the cerebral palsies; patterns of maternal and child health in Aboriginal and Caucasian populations ... more



Eric M. Meslin

Dr. Eric Meslin is founding Director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, Associate Dean for Bioethics in the Indiana University School of Medicine, and holds several academic appointments including Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics; Professor of Public Health; and Professor of Philosophy. In 2012 he was appointed as Indiana University’s first Professor of Bioethics.

Among his other leadership positions he co-directs the Indiana University Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information (CLEAR); the Indiana University-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership, a bioethics training program in Eldoret, Kenya funded by the US National Institutes of Health;... more



Michael C. Wolfson

Dr. Michael C. Wolfson, B.Sc., (Toronto - mathematics, computer science and economics 1971), Ph.D. (Cambridge – Economics 1977) retired as Assistant Chief Statistician, Analysis and Development, at Statistics Canada in 2009.  He was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling / Populomics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2010.

Dr. Wolfson’s areas of expertise include program review and evaluation, tax/transfer policy, pension policy, income distribution, design of health information systems, microsimulation modeling of socio-economic policy and health dynamics, and analysis of the determinants of health.

He held positions in the Treasury Board Secretariat, ... more


John W. Frank

Professor John Frank trained in Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in Family Medicine at McMaster University, and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, after serving in Mbeya, Tanzania as a Medical Officer and Instructor of Medical Assistants from 1976 to 1979.  He has been Professor (now Professor Emeritus) at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Public Health Sciences (now the Dalla Lana School of Public Health), since 1983.  He was the founding Director of Research at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 to 1997.   

In 2000, Dr. Frank was appointed inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Population and Public Health. In July 2008, he became Director of a new Edinburgh-based Unit, funded by the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Chief Scientist Office: ...more


Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris is Professor of Medicine and Dean of Medicine, University of Dundee, Scotland.  He is seconded as Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government Health Directorate which supports and promotes high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by NHS Scotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland.

His research interests span informatics and chronic diseases. He is Director of the Farr Institute in Scotland funded by the MRC and nine other funders ... more



Riitta Mustonen

Dr Riitta Mustonen is Deputy Director of NordForsk since February 2013. Previously, she was Director of the Academy of Finland with responsibility for strategic analysis and international networks. She has worked as Vice President for Research (2007-2012) and Director of the Health Research Unit (2003-2007) at the Academy of Finland and, earlier, as laboratory director and researcher in Finland, Germany and USA. Her scientific background is in genetics and evironmental toxicology.

Her main responsibilities in NordForsk are related to European and Nordic Research Area relations, coordination of the Nordic research infrastructure cooperation and evaluation activities...more






Peter Morrison

Peter Morrison is the Assistant Chief Statistician for the Social, Health and Labour Statistics Field at Statistics Canada. Mr. Morrison’s areas of responsibility span Health, Justice, Education, Labour, Income, Immigration, Aboriginals and the Census. He is also a departmental champion supporting innovative work to increase the use of data linkages across administrative and survey data in the social statistics field.

Mr. Morrison received his Honors degree from the University of Ottawa and his M. A. from Queen’s University. Peter joined Statistics Canada in 1986, first managing the National Crime Survey Program.  Peter later became the Director of the Labour Statistics Program responsible for the production of the national employment and unemployment data...more