Speaker: Dr. Jaime Breilh
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Visiting Research Scholar
The health situation of 21st Century Latin America has become more complex with a resurgence of communicable & chronic diseases alongside the emergence of diseases associated with intensive chemical contamination of food and ecosystems. Both trends are being driven by processes of acceleration and expansion of economic accumulation and social exclusion which boost social inequity and population vulnerability, counteracting the potential contribution of health services. Under these conditions it is crucial to overcome conventional linear and reductionist public health sciences, to consolidate the potential of the new paradigm of Latin American critical epidemiology and to expand professional and community awareness.
Dr. Jaime Breilh is a leading Ecuadorian scientist in the field of social epidemiology and collective health, as well as a senior member (and president-elect) of the Ecuadorian Academy of Medicine. He has fostered a new school of Latin American thought in public health and the development of critical (social) epidemiology. He has been invited to UBC as a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Visiting Research Scholar to advance research collaborations with UBC colleagues in a number of initiatives. As Dean of the Health Area at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador, Dr. Breilh leads an innovative PhD program on Collective Health, Environment and Society and a Regional Health Observatory for Andean countries in South America, both established with the support of UBC. He has published widely in Spanish, Portuguese and English and recently spoke at the WHO’s World Conference on Social Determinants of Health.
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room