Friday, January 30, 2009

Mental Health and Cities, CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE Discusses Links Between Neighbourhoods and Mental Health

Urban Moods and Urban Myths:
Do Neighbourhoods Matter for Mental Health?
Join us in a spirited exploration of the science – and philosophy – linking mental well-being and urban living.

This edition of CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE is moderated by philosopher Mark Kingwell. Urban health scientists Patricia O’Campo, Jim Dunn and Kwame McKenzie. They will discuss:
  • How do scientists measure links between neighbourhoods and health?
  • Who is affected?
  • When do neighbourhood initiatives produce good results for mental health?

Patricia O’Campo, PhD, Director,
Centre for Research on Inner City Health,
St. Michael’s Hospital

Jim Dunn, PhD
Research Scientist,
Centre for Research on Inner City Health,
St. Michael’s Hospital

Kwame McKenzie, MD, MRC Psych
Senior Scientist and Deputy Director,
Schizophrenia Program,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Mark Kingwell, PhD, DFA
Professor, Department of Philosophy
University of Toronto

For more information see PDF flyer

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Writing and Medicine, Conference University of Iowa

Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine Conference

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine,Iowa City

April 29/09 -May 1

Conference goals:

  • To foster collaboration and discussion on the role of creative writing in medical education and writing throughout a lifelong career as a physician
  • To share initiatives that demonstrate the role of creative writing in patient care
  • To offer skill-building sessions on writing, editing, and publishing creative work
For information visit:

Medicine and the Arts, Exhibit Features Photography by Renée C. Byer

posted by: Cheryl McLean
Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia -


Photos by Renée C. Byer

A Mother’s Journey

Monday, February 9 th , 2009

6:30 p.m. – Presentation begins

7.15 p.m. – Respondents’ comments

Free and open to the public.

The Section on Medicine and the Arts presents Renée C. Byer and her Pulitzer Prize-winning series of photographs that follows the journey of a mother and her son from his diagnosis of neuroblastoma at age nine through his death two years later.

Guest respondents, Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, and Tammy I. Kang, MD, will guide a follow-up discussion of ethics, justice and compassion as the core concerns of Ms. Byer’s photographic work.

This program is co-sponsored by the Section on Medicine, Ethics and the Law, College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

To register call 215.563.3737, ext. 304 or visit

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Welcome to the Arts "Crossing Borders" Blog

Hello and welcome,

It's a pleasure to welcome you to the Arts and Health, "Crossing Borders" Blog. A little background about my blog, what it's all about and what you'll find here might be helpful for any of you who are new visitors to this site.

The Arts and Health "Crossing Borders" blog began as a "companion" blog for the Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal . I started the blog back in April 07 as a way to keep in touch with our CCAHTE subscribers about research and new projects underway.
As the blog has evolved I've had an opportunity to feature news and stories on a wide range of topics.
Our work in the arts, health, training and education is uniquely interdisciplinary and the diverse content at the blog reflects the variety of disciplines represented. Here at the blog you can expect a very broad, inclusive even eclectic approach to the posts that are featured as we are "Crossing Borders" into new fields, exploring possibilities along the way. New ideas are welcomed and many of the projects we have featured have been inspired by tips or news from our subscribers across the country who keep me posted about creative cutting edge research or other interesting or related projects underway at the intersections of the arts and sciences. I also try to keep our subscribers up-to-date about international events and happenings. So, as you explore the blog, expect news and announcements, conferences and job postings, links to a wide variety of websites and other blogs, video, project descriptions as well as provocative interviews. We have also featured compelling stories about arts informed research for hope and change, projects making a difference in our cities and communities and summaries from peer reviewed articles that have been published in The Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal.

Visit this blog with an open mind. There are also spaces for the stories "outside the box" that open the way for inquiry and discussion as well as opportunities to share new visions for progressive work that may be in the formative stages. Consider this meeting place a work in progress. A creative spirit of experimentation and collaboration is encouraged.

Please feel free to scroll down the blog to the archives and you can read up on posts all the way back to April 07. Toward the bottom of the blog you'll find a convenient labels section where hundreds of posts are archived by headings. Check in with us often for updates.
I hope you will find the CCAHTE Arts and Health "Crossing Borders" blog helpful in your own work and I invite you to share the news with colleagues and friends.

All the best, the journey continues,

Cheryl McLean, Editor, Publisher, CCAHTE

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