Abdallah Daar discusses issues of global health and the social and political architecture necessary for solving global health problems as a part of the Healing the Globe segment of the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series.
Dr. Abdallah Daar is professor of public health sciences and surgery at the University of Toronto.
He is senior scientist and co-director of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre Program on Life Sciences and Global Health of the University Health Network and director of Ethics and Policy at the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine.
His current research interests include the exploration of how genomics and other biotechnologies can be used effectively to ameliorate global health inequities.
Dr. Daar attended medical school in London and conducted postgraduate training at Oxford before helping to start two medical schools in the Middle East.
He was the foundation chair of surgery in Oman for a decade before moving to the University of Toronto in 2001.
He has co-authored five books and has published hundreds of articles in immunology, immunogenetics, organ transplantation, surgery, and bioethics.
He works in various advisory or consulting capacities with the UN, the World Health Organization, and UNESCO and is a member of the African Union High Level Panel on Modern Biotechnology. He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization.
Honored worldwide for his work, he was awarded the Anthony Miller Prize for Research Excellence at the University of Toronto in 2005. Dr. Daar was honored with the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science, the cash prize which he donated to Chautauqua as the first gift for their hoped-for Muslim House.