Infectious Info

by Infectious Disease Working Group

Infectious Info is brought to you by the Infectious Disease Working Group, a collaboration of graduate students from the University of Toronto that aims to educate the public and raise awareness about infectious disease. Through this podcast, we will interview experts from the field of public health to help support the ultimate goal of making public health knowledge more accessible. During our first season of the podcast, the f ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • A Conversation on Vaccines

    A Conversation on Vaccines

    In this week's episode, Katherine Lu and Marian Saab interviews Dr. Shelly Bolotin. Dr. Shelly Bolotin is the Director of the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases (CVPD), and an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, at the University of Toronto. She is also a scientist at Public Health Ontario. Dr. Bolotin received a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University, an MSc in virology and PhD in microbiology at the University of Toronto, and an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In addition to working in Academia, Dr. Bolotin has worked in public health at the provincial and national levels, focusing on surveillance and public health emergency response. Dr. Bolotin’s research program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate whether our population is adequately protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Applying a public health lens, her studies combine epidemiological and microbiological methods to answer questions related to population immunity and vaccine effectiveness, and determine our future risk for outbreaks or epidemics. Find out more about CVPD by joining their mailing list for information about events:

  • Indigenous Health and Research

    Indigenous Health and Research

    In this week's exciting episode, Megan Lowe interviews Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart to discuss Indigenous Health during the COVID-19 pandemic and share her research on homelessness and mental health within the Indigenous community. Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (UofT), where she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behaviour Health Sciences. She holds the TC Energy Research Chair in Indigenous Health. At UofT she is the current Advisor on Indigenous Research to Division of the Vice-President & Provost. She recently completed the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous determinants of health, Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and health sciences, and Indigenous research ethics and methodologies. She is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues in academics, health practice, and policy.

  • Meet the Neighbours: Community Epidemiology with the Chicago Rat Project

    Meet the Neighbours: Community Epidemiology with the Chicago Rat Project

    This week, Zeesy Powers interviews Jacqueline Buckley (she/her). Jackie is the One Health Research Coordinator at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. She has worked in South Africa on wild and domestic animal health and in South America to aid in the plight of the cotton-top tamarins. At Tufts, her main projects focused on the anthropogenic introduction of anticoagulant rodenticides to non-target species, like fishers in the state of Vermont, and using GIS to track changes in red tide in the state of Florida from 2008–2018. Jackie is excited to collaborate with the Urban Wildlife Institute, a scientific institution that complements her personal and professional goals. She believes it is crucial to inspire stakeholders and public officials to appreciate the importance of animals and our ecosystems as they relate to human health.

  • RATS! Epidemiology and Urban Ecology

    RATS! Epidemiology and Urban Ecology

    This week, Zeesy Powers interviews Dr. Kaylee Byers (she/her; @kaylee_byers). Dr. Byers is a One Health scientist and health communications researcher investigating innovative ways to improve the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems. She is the Deputy Director of the British Columbia Node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative and a University Research Associate at Simon Fraser University. For the past decade she has been an active science communicator, co-founding the science seminar series Nerd Nite Vancouver and its spin-off podcast Nerdin’ About. When she isn’t thinking about or talking about science, you can find her paddle boarding, knitting in a hammock, or brainstorming her next pun.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Public Health

    Antimicrobial Resistance and Public Health

    This week, Stephen Park and Janine Xu interview Dr. Xiaolin Wei. Dr. Wei is a physician and public health professional with a wide array of research interests ranging from health services delivery to antimicrobial resistance. He is the founder and director of the Global Implementation Science Lab and is a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.