Part 2 of 2 from our interview series at “Borders, Babies and Body Parts: The Ethical Dilemmas of Medical Tourism,” a Café Scientifique event hosted by Institute of Population Health at University of Ottawa in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) on May 7, 2014 at Heart and Crown in the Byward Market in Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Ronald Labonte is Canada Research Chair in Globalization & Health Equity, Institute of Population Health, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, at the University of Ottawa, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan. He is the former Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), a bi-university interdisciplinary research organization he created and led from 1999 until 2004, that was committed to “engaged research” on population health determinants at local, national and global levels.
Dr. Labonte is a founding member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, and a past board member of provincial and national public health associations in Canada. Prior to joining academia in 1999, Ron worked 10 years as international health promotion and public health consultant, and 15 years with provincial and local governments and NGOs in community health development.