Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

The Labelle Lectureship Series

Roberta LabelleRoberta Labelle was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at McMaster University. She was a member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. She was a "rising star" in her field, who died suddenly in July of 1991 at the age of 33.


The Labelle Lectureship Series in Health Services Research has been established by Roberta's colleagues to provide an opportunity to renew ourselves in the spirit of resilient optimism that was hers, and to remind ourselves of her message that good research really can make a difference.


Each year, the lectureship is awarded to a young investigator from any country who is engaged in multi-disciplinary health services research; is challenging existing methods or accepted ideas in health services and who will deliver a high-quality lecture that will appeal to an audience of broad interests.


The organization of the lectureship and the selection of the Lecturer is under the governance of a Secretariat, consisting of representatives from the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Graduate Education Committee, and the Faculty of Health Sciences of McMaster University. The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper Series produces a text of each year's lecture which is available for a nominal fee. Donations to the Labelle Lectureship Endowment are gratefully accepted.

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The 25th Annual Labelle Lecture | 2017


Evolving relationships: caring for, learning from, and healing with patientsLink to PDF

September 13, 2017 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning – MDCL 3020

Reception to follow:
Farncombe Atrium
3rd Floor Health Sciences Centre

2017 Labelle Lecturer

Dean Spears, Executive Director, Rice Institute

Dean’s research focuses on children’s health  and human capital, which these days often means height, sanitation, and social forces in Indian households and villages. He has also done research about population issues in social welfare and about decision-making, in particular decision-making by poor people and the social psychology of interaction between richer and poorer people. Dean has worked in El Salvador, India, and South Africa. His is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and has an MA in International Studies from the University of Oklahoma. He has an MPA in Development Studies and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.  He is currently a visiting economist at the Economic and Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi.


2016 Discussant

Dr. Michel Grignon, Associate Professor, Heart and Stroke Foundation/ Michael G. DeGroote, Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research, Associate Scientist, Population Health Research Institute, International Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University.