The Spur Questionnaire: Dr. Natasha Crowcroft

Natasha Crowcroft
Dr. Natasha Crowcroft

Dr. Natasha Crowcroft is the Chief of Applied Immunization Research at Public Health Ontario, as well as being an associate professor of public health and medicine at the University of Toronto. Prior to coming to Canada in 2007, she worked for the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency. She has published over 150 articles, and has worked with the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization. She will be taking part in our panel Infectious Diseases and Public Health.

Tell us about your participation in the 2015 Spur Festival.
I will be speaking about scary infectious diseases

 What do you hope Spur Festival attendees will take away from your session?
We are scared too easily by the wrong things and not easily enough by things that really matter.

 What are you most looking forward to about the Spur Festival?
Hearing Dr. Kwame McKenzie speak.

What is the one item you never leave home without?
Shoes. Sorry that’s two items.

Which book is currently on your nightstand?
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,

In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’? No internet, no cell phone, etc.

Who was the last person you texted?
One of our sons.

The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that wish were a current reality?
Talking dogs.

How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
All of the above

What are you most looking forward to about Calgary?
Finding a good cowboy outfitter.

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