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Dr. Eric Hoskins, M.D., Ph.D.

Eric Hoskins was born in Simcoe, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1981) and a Doctor of Medicine (1985) from McMaster University. After an internship in internal Medicine, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, and subsequently completed a PhD in epidmiology and public health at Oxford University. In 1994, he was certified in community medicine and admitted to Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Hoskins' experience is diverse. He has been a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a consultant for UNICEF Somalia, and a United Nations-South Africa elections observer. He is a co-founder of Health Reach, a multi-disciplinary collaborative program committed to investigating and promoting, within the framework of international humanitarian covenants, the health and well-being of populations in zones of armed conflict, and to working towards the steady diminution of war. He was a consultant to Oxford Canada (Eritrea), and responsible for Oxfam's health and nutrition surveillance during the 1990 famine in Eritrea. He has been health advisor and chairperson for the Working Group on Health Needs of Street Children (Sudan) and Health Advisor for the Sudan Nation AIDS Committee. His many other contributions include public health and epidemiology experience in the Caribbean, South America, and India.

Dr. Hoskins was commissioned by UNICEF to research and write a report on the Gulf war and economic sanctions on Iraqi children and women. He was coordinator for the Harvard study team mission to Iraq, a 90-member fact-funding research mission which included an in-depth survey of more than 9,000 households. A report of this study appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. He organized, delivered and supervised the distribution of food and medicine to the civilian population of Iraq both during and subsequent to the Gulf war.

In addition to a Rhodes Scholarship, Dr. Hoskins' many awards include a 1991 Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary International's highest distinction, awarded for humanitarian achievement; a 1994 Citation for Citizenship, presented by the Canadian Government for humanitarian achievement; and the Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal (1992), Canada's most prestigious award, given annually to one Canadian by the United Nations Association.

1995 Lectureship Programme

Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Eldon Smith; Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Introduction of Lecturer: Dr. Arthur Clark; Professor, Departments of Pathology and Clinical Neurosciences

Lecturer: Dr. Eric Hoskins "In Defence of Peace: Health, human rights and impact of war. A humanitarian perspective on the gulf war, Somalia, Sudan and other recent conflicts."

Presentation: Dr. Arthur Clark

Closing Remarks: Dr. Eldon Smith