Dr. Tim K. Takaro
Dr. Takaro is a Professor Emeritus and Physician-Scientist in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
He is husband to Aggie Black and father to Annie and Ben.
He trained in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Public Health and Toxicology, at Yale, the University of North Carolina and the University of Washington. Dr. Takaro’s research is primarily about the links between human exposures and disease, and determining effective public health based preventive solutions to such risks.
Planetary change poses complex problems for public health never more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges demand an interdisciplinary approach both in research and action.
To this end, Takaro is a member the Planetary Health Research group at SFU and a Lead Author of the Health Canada 2022 report, Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing Knowledge for Action.
His current research program explores the impacts of resource extraction on human health and the relationship to our land and waters.
With immense gratitude to the First Peoples he is beginning to use Indigenous knowledge to relearn environmental health as he tests different interventions in climate action and planet protection.