Name: Halla Thorsteinsdóttir
Organisation: University of Toronto
Role: Associate Professor
Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir is an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and a member of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. Halla has spearheaded research on health innovation in developing countries. Her current research focuses on the role of collaboration in health innovation, examining collaborations of scientists and entrepreneurs, and both North-South and South-South collaboration. A further area of current research is regenerative medicine innovation in the emerging economies of Brazil, China and India. Halla has conducted research in 15 developing countries as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom and Iceland, and hundreds of experts in health research and innovation have shared their experiences and views with her. Her research has been published in the highest-impact journals such as Nature Biotechnology, Nature Genetics, and The Lancet, and been covered by media such as the Economist and the Financial Times. Halla completed her doctoral studies in Science and Technology Policy in 1999 at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Prior to that, she completed a master’s degree in Development Economics from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada as well as a master’s degree in Psychology from the same university. Halla is the recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Genetics Maud Menten New Principal Investigator Prize (2005-2006) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, New Principal Investigator Award (2007-2012).