Dr. Farhan M. Asrar is a medical doctor and researcher based in Canada. He has appointments with the University of Toronto and McMaster University, Canada, and is also an ISU Adjunct Faculty Member.
Dr. Asrar participated in SSP10 (Strasbourg, France) and then served as Deputy/Emerging Chair of the Department of Space Life Sciences/Human Performance in Space during SSP11 (Graz, Austria). Recently Dr. Asrar served as Chair for TP Health and Space during SSP14 (Montreal, Canada). He was also the primary author of the project proposal.
Dr. Asrar is the recipient of several leadership, teaching, research and volunteering awards including from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Ontario College of Family Physicians, the Governor General of Canada, Govt. of Ontario, Resident Doctors of Canada and the Public Health Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Asrar has a broad range of personal and professional interests, and experiences (traveled to over 25 countries and speaks 4 languages). He has been featured/interviewed over 30 times in various national and international media (TV, newspapers, radio, etc.) due to his personal achievements and extra-curricular activities. Among his achievements includes being the founder and current Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s first national public health physician magazine, and also being the founder of one of, if not the, most successful on-going volunteer student fundraising program in North America that helps sponsor orphaned children from over 20 different countries.
He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications and also a regular writer and contributor for several local and international magazines and newspapers.