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CPHAZ Symposium 2022

The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) Symposium is a two-day, virtual event that brings together all pillars and forms of public health and zoonotic disease work and research. The symposium will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on May 25th and 26th, 2022. Click below to view our detailed schedule.

The call for abstracts is now closed! Thank you to all those who have participated by submitting an abstract. We look forward to hearing you present.

Don’t have a topic to present, but interested in joining us for the day? Come and spend the day with us! Registration is free! Please register by May 23, 2022. If you are presenting at the Symposium you do not need to register by clicking the button below.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be using Zoom Events as our platform for this year’s virtual CPHAZ Symposium. In order to join the virtual conference as a speaker or audience member you will have to create a Zoom account and use the associated email to join the Symposium. If you do not already have a Zoom account, please create a free Zoom account prior to the Symposium by going to:

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Symposium Keynote Speakers:

May 25th, 2022

Topic Title: Rethinking Vaccine Hesitancy

Time of Presentation: 6 – 7 PM (EST)

Dr. Maya Goldenberg is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a leading voice in vaccine hesitancy research. Her research in philosophy of science and medicine has addressed questions about the nature of evidence in biomedical decision making, the role of values in scientific reasoning, and the relationship between science and the public. These themes come together in her 2021 book on vaccine hesitancy, Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise and the War on Science (University of Pittsburgh Press).

May 26th, 2022

Dr. Claire Jardine

Topic: Avian Influenza in Wild Birds in Ontario

Time of Presentation: 8:40 – 9:10 AM (EST)

Dr. Jardine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and the regional director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative for Ontario and Nunavut at the University of Guelph.  Dr. Jardine’s research focuses on wildlife health and disease, with a particular focus on investigating the ecology of multi-host pathogens in wildlife populations.

Dr. Catherine Carstairs

Topic: Pandemic Histories: Learning from the Past

Time of Presentation: 9:10 – 9:40 AM (EST)

Dr. Carstairs is a Professor of History at the University of Guelph. She has published on the history of illegal drug use, doping in sport, water fluoridation and public health.  Her most recent book, The Smile Gap: The History of Oral Health and Social Inequality, is coming out this spring. 

Dr. Angela Rasmussen

Topic: Stopping SARS-CoV-2 At the Source

Time of Presentation: 1:00 – 1:45 PM (EST)

Dr. Rasmussen is a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan. She uses systems biology techniques to interrogate the host response to viral infection. She has studied a huge range of viral pathogens, from the “common cold” (rhinovirus) to Ebola virus to highly pathogenic avian influenza virus to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. By combining current classical approaches to modeling infection and pathogenesis with sequencing technology and machine learning, Dr. Rasmussen and her colleagues and collaborators have identified new host mechanisms by which viruses cause disease. Source:

Dr. Andrea Osborn

Topic: Creating Collective Intelligence with the Community for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases: Successes, Challenges and Next Steps

Time of Presentation: 1:45 – 2:15 PM (EST)

Dr. Osborn is a senior veterinary science specialist with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In her early career she worked in aquatic animal health and regulatory programs for the province of British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the CFIA.  Andrea’s work with the CFIA has, since 2016, centered on collaborative cross-sectoral disease surveillance, and she is currently the coordinator of the Community for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases.  CEZD uses information mining technology, integrated with the expertise of a broad network of professionals across disciplines, to provide community members with early warning signals of emerging and zoonotic disease threats.

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