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Abdallah Daar, DPhil, FRCSC
Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI)
Keywords: global health, bioethics, organ transplant 

Research Interests

Abdallah Daar is a Senior Scientist at University Health Network and is Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, UHN and University of Toronto. He is also the Chief Science and Ethics Officer, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, of Grand Challenges Canada.

His major research focus is on the use of life sciences to ameliorate global health inequities, with a particular focus on building scientific capacity and increasing innovation in developing countries, in addition to studying how technologies can be rapidly taken from ''lab to village.'' Specifically, his research interests are:

  1. Life Sciences and Technology Innovation in Emerging Economies (focus on technologies, policies and role of the private sector in China, India, Brazil, South Africa)

  2. Science and Technology Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa (focus on institutional development--Life Science Convergence Innovation Centres, in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana)

  3. Grand Challenges in global health issues (e.g. chronic non-communicable diseases--cardiovascular diseases, chronic pulmonary diseases, type 2 diabetes, some cancers; a study on global mental health in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health at NIH)

  4. Ethical, social, cultural and commercialization issues program--study of issues arising in the 500 million $ Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  5. Ethical, legal and social issues arising from other global health programs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (e.g. our social audit program for the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project)

  6. Human genomic variation studies and initiatives in developing countries

  7. Identifying major global health priorities in the Grand Challenges Canada program

After attending medical schools in Uganda and London, England, Prof. Daar attended the University of Oxford, where he completed postgraduate clinical training in surgery and also in internal medicine, a doctorate in transplant immunology, and a fellowship in organ transplantation. He was a clinical lecturer in the Nuffield Dept. of Surgery at Oxford for several years before going to the Middle East to help start two medical schools. He was the foundation chair of surgery in Oman for a decade before moving to the University of Toronto in 2001.

Prof. Daar's academic career has spanned biomedical sciences, organ transplantation, surgery, global health, and bioethics.
He works in various advisory/consulting capacities with the UN, the World Health Organization and UNESCO, and was a member of the African Union High Level Panel on Modern Biotechnology.

Prof. Daar is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, The Islamic World Academy of Sciences, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. In addition, Prof. Daar is a member of UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee.

Prof. Daar's international awards include the Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science. He also holds the official world record for performing the youngest cadaveric-donor kidney transplant. Prof. Daar was awarded the Anthony Miller Prize for Research Excellence at the University of Toronto in 2005.

Research Appointments

  • Senior Scientist and Director of Ethics and Commercialization, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network and University of Toronto (2008-)

  • Chief Science and Ethics Officer of Grand Challenges Canada (2009-)

  • Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Grand Challenges Canada (2009-)

  • Senior Scientist, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children (2002-)

  • Associate Scientist, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital (2002-)

  • Special Advisor on Global Health to the Director of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

University of Toronto Appointments

  • Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto (2001-)

  • Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto (2001-)

  • Member, Decanal Promotions Committee, University of Toronto (2005-2009)

  • Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (2002-)

  • Member, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto (2002-)

  • Chair, Education Committee, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health

  • Member, Executive Committee of the Collaborative Program in Bioethics, University of Toronto(2002-)

International Appointments

  • Chair of the Board, Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases U.K. (2009-)

  • Chair, Board of Advisors, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (2009-)

  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Board - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/United Health Centres of Excellence (2010-2011)

  • Member, International Bioethics Committee, UNESCO (2008-)

  • Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General's Office on Biotechnology and Human Security (2007-)

Promotions and Honours

  • Nominations committee, Royal Society (Canada) (2009)

  • Fellow of the Hastings Center (2009-)

  • Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (2009-)

  • Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) (2007-)

  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2006-)

  • Fellow of the Royal Society (Canada) (2006-)

To contact Dr. Daar, please phone his assistant at 416-673-6572.

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