Dr. Farhan Asrar

Brief bio:

Described by his nominators as “an award winning physician, researcher and one of Canada’s brightest stars among young leaders in medicine”.

Dr. Farhan M. Asrar trained in Public Health & Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine. He is a practising Canadian medical doctor and currently holds several leadership & faculty roles.

In addition to being appointed ISU’s Global Faculty Member, Dr. Asrar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto (Canada), Cross-Appointed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Physician Research Lead at the Family Medicine sites at Trillium Health Partners’ Hospitals, Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University, and Investigator at the Institute for Better Health (IBH), Trillium Health Partners (Canada).

He is passionate about Medicine, Public Health and Space Health/Medicine and involved in leadership, academic, educational and research roles in these areas.

He has been involved with Space health and medicine related activities since 2010. At ISU he has taken on a number of roles including serving as Deputy Chair of ISU’s Dept of Space Life Sciences, Chaired the ‘Health and Space’ project (entitled Space4Health where he led around 30 members from over 12 countries to research how space can help health. Disaster medicine and public health on Earth). He also was invited a visiting faculty for other ISU Team Projects and Department Activities, and was selected to Chair ISU’s SSP20 Team Project Space Medical Center.

Recently Dr. Asrar developed and Chaired the Inguaral ISU’s Interactive Space Program (ISP) Team Mission Space for Pandemics which involved leading over 100 participants, staff and experts from over 30 countries to investigate how space can help in the monitoring and mitigation of the Covid-19 pandemic, and also in the preparedness and prevention of future pandemics. The project was well received and Dr. Asrar and his team were invited to present their findings at the 58th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Officer for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Additionally, Farhan has worked on projects locally, internationally and with experts from the United Nations, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, ESA, Public Health Agency of Canada;
He also developed and led a project looking at how space can help with epidemics such as the Ebola Crisis.

Another publication looked at how space can play a role in environmental health and monitoring environmental health pollutants through fracking (published in The Lancet Planetary Health).

Farhan achievements has been recognized by his peers and various organizations, receiving awards from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, Ontario Medical Association, Public Health Physicians of Canada, Ontario College of Family Physicians, Resident Doctors of Canada, PARO, International Space University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, The City of Mississauga, The Ontario government, and is also the recipient the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal.

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