Raywat Deonandan


Raywat Deonandan
Associate Professor

2001, Ph.D., Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario
1993, M.Sc., Physiology, University of Toronto
1993, B.Ed., Math / Sciences Education, University of Toronto
1990, B.Sc., Physics / Physiology / Anthropology, University of Toronto

Room: THN 208
Bureau: 613-562-5800 ext. 8377
Télécopieur: 613-562-5632
Courriel professionnel: Raywat.Deonandan@uOttawa.ca

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Dr Raywat Deonandan is an Epidemiologist and Science Communicator, specializing in Global Health. His research involves the creative analysis of administrative data, the epidemiology and ethics of assisted reproductive technologies, most prominently the emerging global industry of so-called reproductive tourism, and the exploration of novel avenues of medical education.

Dr Deonandan embraces new media to engage in public education. He is the co-host of the science education podcast Science Monkey (ScienceMonkey.ca) and the creator of a series of online epidemiology educational videos in partnership with private industry (Deonandan.com/lecturio). He also writes regularly for the lay media, including a regular blog with The Huffington Post Canada (huffingtonpost.ca/author/dr-raywat-deonandan).

Dr Deonandan is the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences (riss-ijhs.ca), a peer-reviewed science journal operated by students. In 2014, he founded the Intanjible Press (intanjible.com) to provide low-cost e-textbooks to low income learners. And in 2011, he founded the HSS Buddies Program (hssbuddies-amis.ca), an initiative meant to reduce anxiety among new incoming university students by socially connecting them to advanced students to provide social support in light of increasing campus emotional stresses.

Information about Dr Deonandan's students and supervisory activities can be found at his research website (Deonandan.com/lab).

Research Interests

  • The epidemiology and ethics of international reproductive tourism
  • Social media and other untraditional data sources in epidemiological investigation
  • Innovations in teaching medical and health sciences students locally and globally
  • Measuring the impact of science publishing through bibliometrics and altmetrics

Selected Publications

*student co-author

  • Deonandan R, *Sangwa N, Kanters S, Nsanzimana S. (2017). Writing Skills Enhancement for Public Health Professionals in Rwanda. Advances in Medical Education and Practice. 8:253-256.
  • Deonandan R, *Liu E, *Kolisnyk B, Konkle ATM. (2016). An Analysis of Canadian Institute for Health Research Funding for Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research and Treatment. Article ID 8106595, 5 pages, 2016
  • Deonandan R, *Khan H. Ethics education for pediatric residents: a review of the literature. Canadian Medical Education Journal. 2015;6(1): e61-e67.
  • Deonandan, R. Introduction to International Health Theory: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2015.
  • Deonandan R. Recent trends in reproductive tourism and international surrogacy: ethical considerations and challenges for policy. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy. 2015; 8:111—119.
  • Deonandan R, Gomes J, Lavigne E, Dinh T, *Blanchard R. A pilot study: research poster presentations as an educational tool for undergraduate epidemiology students. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2013; 4: 183–188.
  • Deonandan R, *Green S, *Van Beinum A. Ethical concerns for maternal surrogacy and reproductive tourism. (BMJ) Journal of Medical Ethics. 2012;38:742-745
  • Deonandan R, *Jaleel M. Global decline in semen quality: ignoring the developing world introduces selection bias. International Journal of General Medicine. 2012;5:303-6.
  • Deonandan R,Vineberg B, Stulberg R, *Jaleel M, Szecket N, Dunn S, Hamelin MA, Van der Kuur M, Zelcer S. Health Questions Posed by Amerindians in Guyana's Deep Interior. Global Journal of Health Science. 2012 Aug 22;4(6):43-6.
  • Deonandan R, *Loncar M, *Rahman P, *Omar S. Measuring reproductive tourism through an analysis of Indian ART clinic Websites. International Journal of General Medicine. 2012; 5: 763–773.
  • Deonandan R, *Patel P, *Winterbottom R. A student-run peer-reviewed journal: an educational tool for students in the health sciences. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2012; 3: 1–5.
  • Deonandan R. The Mandatory Census: Tension Between Individual Rights and the Public Good. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2011;102(6):414-16.
  • Deonandan R. The public health implications of assisted reproductive technologies. Chronic Disease in Canada. 2010 Sep;30(4):119-24.

Selected Books

Selected Newspaper/Magazine articles

  • “The World Isn't Facing An Overpopulation Problem” The Huffington Post, April 28, 2017
  • “Canada's University Libraries Are In Peril” The Huffington Post, Dec 13, 2016
  • "What The Headlines Didn't Tell You About That Bacon And Cancer Study" The Huffington Post, Nov 3, 2015
  • "The Ebola Outbreak Proves the Need for Health Surveillance" The Huffington Post, Oct 9, 2014
  • "The 10/90 Gap is Holding Rwanda Back" The Huffington Post, Nov 4, 2013
  • "Is Facebook a Luxury or a Right?" The Huffington Post, Jan 23, 2014
  • "Should This Combat Sport Be Illegal?" The Huffington Post, April 22, 2013
  • "Does Reproductive Tourism Treat Women Like Cattle?" The Huffington Post, Oct 29, 2012
  • "Breast cancer – the hidden epidemic", India Currents Magazine, Oct 8, 20120
  • "Kony 2012 campaign makes us feel good — and that's bad", The Toronto Star, Dec 26, 2012
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