University Health Network Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery at the University of Toronto, Dr. Abdallah Daar is also Senior Scientist and Co-director of the Program on Life Sciences, Ethics, and Policy at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, and Director of Ethics and Policy at the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Massey College of the University of Toronto.
Following medical school in London, England, Dr. Daar went to the University of Oxford, where he did postgraduate clinical training in surgery and also in internal medicine, earned a doctorate in transplant immunology/immunogenetics, and accomplished a fellowship in transplantation. A clinical lecturer in 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. He currently also 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 recently chaired the External Review Committee of the WHO/World Bank/UNDP/UNICEF Special Program on Tropical Diseases Research and Training. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. A member of the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization, he holds the official world record for performing the youngest cadaveric donor kidney transplant. His current research interests are in ways of avoiding knowledge divides and in the exploration of how genomics and other biotechnologies can be used effectively to ameliorate global health inequities. Dr. Daar has co-authored five books focusing on tumor markers; surgical radiology; ethical, legal, and social issues in organ transplantation; bio-industry ethics; and nutritional genomics, and has published over 300 works in immunology, immunogenetics, organ transplantation, surgery, and bioethics. He is currently working on a book on life sciences and development. Honored throughout the world, in 1999 Dr. Daar was awarded the Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and in 2005 he was awarded the Anthony Miller Prize for Research Excellence at the University of Toronto. Most notably for him as well as for Chautauqua, in 2005 Abdallah Daar was honored with the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science, the cash prize for which he donated to Chautauqua as the first gift for the hoped-for Muslim House here at Chautauqua.