Unbundling Scientific Controversy: Musings on Science, Evidence, Advocacy… and Truth

CSIM/Royal College Osler Lecture

The Osler Lecture is an annual CSIM keynote address, which serves to advance the enduring philosophy and values of Sir William Osler, both with respect to the role of the generalist in medical care, and in a broader sense with respect to the qualities of the dedicated physician.

The 2020 CSIM Osler Lecture will be presented by Dr. William Ghali. Through an epistemological lens, Dr. Ghali will present and discuss current scientific controversies relating to 1) community water fluoridation; 2) masks for COVID; and 3) antibiotic use in agriculture, among others.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Better understand epistemology, the domain of philosophy dedicated to studying the nature, origin, and limits of human knowledge.
  • Analyze current controversies in public health as case studies for considering distinctions between science, evidence, and advocacy, and how these relate to one another – and sometimes clash – in humankind’s pursuit of truth.

Timeslot 1: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
5:00pm Eastern Time

Timeslot 2: Thursday, October 8, 2020
12:00pm Eastern Time

About Dr. William Ghali

Dr. William Ghali

Dr. Ghali is a world-class researcher and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Dr. Ghali is also a physician, specializing in General Internal Medicine and completed methodological training in health services research and epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Ghali has held millions of dollars of peer-reviewed research funding from a number of agencies through his research program, focused on evaluating and improving health system performance for better patient outcomes and improved system efficiency. He has held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research for two five-year periods and has published more than 420 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

He is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. He was featured by the Globe and Mail in April 2012 as the Canadian public health researcher with the highest publication H-index, and has also been named in the Thomson-Reuters listing of the top 1% of most highly cited researchers by discipline. He is co-director of the University of Calgary World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Disease Classifications and Health Information.