Dr. Raywat Deonandan
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Dr Raywat Deonandan, a professor at the University of Ottawa, is an epidemiologist, global health researcher, and novelist. Visit him at www.deonandan.com.

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Canada's University Libraries Are In Peril

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2016 | 7:53 AM

Universities and colleges across Canada are having their budgets severely tightened for a host of reasons, some more rational than others. In this quest for slashing costs, libraries have found themselves on the chopping block. To many, this move represents an attack on the very idea of scholarship, and the...

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A Plea For Optimism In The Trump Era

(8) Comments | Posted November 10, 2016 | 2:07 PM

The Trumpocalypse is upon us. If you are among the Orange One's supporters, congratulations; your guy won. In the words of a Facebook friend, I hope he's as great as you think he is. For the sake of civility, I will assume that you had rational reasons for selecting him,...

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What The Headlines Didn't Tell You About That Bacon And Cancer Study

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 12:54 PM

You've heard about the WHO's announcement that eating processed meat is associated with colorectal cancer. As an epidemiologist and educator, I needed to weigh in.

How Was The Study Done?

The report is a systematic review, thus its authors did not perform any...

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The Ebola Outbreak Proves the Need for Health Surveillance

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:27 PM

As we all know, here has been one confirmed case of Ebola infection diagnosed in the USA -- Eric Duncan made the news after returning from Liberia and showing those symptoms no one wants. Tragically, Mr. Duncan passed away on Wednesday. Contact tracing indicates that there are...

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The World Needed the Return of 'Cosmos'

(4) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 1:19 PM

This past week, the much lauded TV show Cosmos made its return to the small screen, more than three decades after Carl Sagan famously sought to teach people from all walks of life about the wonders of science. The world has changed since that first series,...

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The 10/90 Gap Is Holding Rwanda Back

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:32 PM

"When you think about university, what do you see?" I asked a woman in Rwanda, a student in a workshop I was co-teaching.

"I see buildings, classrooms, books..." she replied.

"Anything else?"

She struggled. "Papers. Desks. Chairs...." Then she looked at me quizzically.

"Anything else?" I prompted again.

"Professors?...

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Should This Combat Sport Be Illegal?

(8) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:40 PM

To some, like former US Presidential candidate John McCain, it's "human cockfighting." To others, it's the pinnacle of athletic expression, requiring mastery of both form and self. There is no question that mixed martial arts, or MMA, is a divisive topic.

In a statement released earlier this month,...

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Does Reproductive Tourism Treat Women Like Cattle?

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 12:48 PM

There's a photo I often show my audience before starting my lectures on "reproductive tourism." It's from a marketing brochure of a fertility clinic in India, and features its medical director standing regally amongst a group of seated women, each with her face strategically concealed. These women are commercial surrogate...

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