Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?



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Thursday, September 22, 2022
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT
, Lecture begins online with Q&A to follow
This event will be held live online via YouTube. The in-person session has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The lecture will be recorded and shared with all registrants.


Join us for the 2022 Snider Lecture featuring an evening with Timothy Caulfield (author of Relax: A Guide to Everyday Health Decisions with More Facts and Less Worry. and The Science of Celebrity... or Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?) as he speaks on the rising tide of misinformation and its impacts on society.

Detoxing. Extreme diets. Unproven therapies. And, yep, bogus COVID and anti-vax theories. Misinformation is absolutely everywhere and it's doing real harm. Misinformation is polarizing the public, ruining friendships, and causing financial loss. It's killing people. We are in the midst of an infodemic that has added confusion and distraction to an already chaotic environment — making it even more difficult to implement the needed health policy initiatives.

How does this misinformation spread? Why do people believe it? What can we do as individuals and a community to fight back? Who can we trust? In this provocative presentation, Timothy Caulfield will explore these questions and more.

Each registrant will be automatically entered to win one of 10 signed copies of a hardcover special edition of Relax: A Guide to Everyday Health Decisions with More Facts and Less Worry. See Contest Rules and Regulations.

Copies of Relax are also available for purchase at the U of T Bookstore.




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Timothy Caulfield 
2022 Snider Lecturer
BSc (Alberta), LL.B. (Alberta), LL.M. (Dalhousie), FRSC, FCAHS, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy; Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health; and Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine — for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and a research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.

Over the past several years, Caulfield has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have allowed him to publish more than 350 articles and book chapters. His research focuses on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues. The recipient of numerous academic and writing awards, Caulfield is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Caulfield also writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues and is the author of several bestselling books, including The Cure for Everything; The Vaccination Picture; The Science of Celebrity… Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?; and, most recently, Relax: A Guide to Everyday Health Decisions with More Facts and Less Worry. He is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which aired in over 60 countries and is available for streaming on Netflix in North America.

The Snider Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Snider family and their endowment that allows UTM to host public lectures that enrich the intellectual and cultural life of members within and outside the UTM community.

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