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Thursday, November 25 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
284: Innovative tools to debunk COVID-19 misinformation

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Organized by: Science Up First

Throughout the pandemic there has been a significant increase in misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding public health and science that threaten the health and safety of Canadians. Misinformation has greatly contributed to vaccine hesitancy and distrust in public health measures, and has led to anti-mask, anti-lockdown rallies. More importantly, underserved and marginalized communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to inequities in our healthcare system. Therefore, it is important that we dispel misinformation around vaccines and create trusting environments in a culturally sensitive manner. Science Up First presents a panel on tools and strategies some experts use when tackling misinformation.

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Marianne Mader

Dr. Marianne Mader is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Associations of Science Centres (CASC), one of the largest membership-based associations of informal science learning organizations in Canada, which collectively engages over 10 million visitors each year. In addition... Read More →

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Timothy Caufield

Chair in Health Law and Policy, Canada Research
Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics... Read More →
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Krishana Sankar

Science Advisor & Community Partnerships Lead, ScienceUpFirst, Initiative of the Canadian Association of Science Centers, Canadian Association of Science Centres
Dr. Krishana Sankar is a scientist by training, a speaker and educator. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine. Her expertise lies in Cellular & Molecular Biology and she has over 10 years of scientific research experience. She is a sought after... Read More →
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Anthony Morgan

Founder/Creative Director, Science Everywhere
Anthony Morgan is an award-winning science communicator, PhD researcher, startup founder and game designer who has hosted dozens of TV programs. He’s also the new host of The Nature of Things on CBC Television. He's obsessed with changing how people see, think and talk about science... Read More →
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Jia Hu

Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services
Dr. Jia Hu is a Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services in Calgary Zone and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. He also works at the East Calgary Health Centre, an inner city family medicine practice serving marginalized populations. Dr. Hu’s... Read More →
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Patrick Sullivan

Senior Research Assistant, Morning Star Lodge, University of Saskatchewan
Patrick completed his BSc. in Honours Life Sciences at McMaster before completing a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the University of Victoria. As a non-Indigenous person, Patrick feels fortunate to work alongside Indigenous communities... Read More →

Thursday November 25, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST