Reza Afshari is a senior scientist in toxicology and epidemiology at BCCDC. He is also an adjunct professor in the UBC School of Population & Public Health.
Dr. Afshari's research area have been clinical toxicology and environmental health issues, focusing on chemical exposures (particularly trace elements), risk assessment, marine food safety and toxicity, substance use and overdoses.
His interests include toxicology in population levels and the environmental toxicology of heavy metals and other chemicals in water, soil, air, consumer products and illicit drugs.
Dr. Afshari's experience in health leadership, medicine, research and teaching spans more than 20 years. He has written six books, co-operated in developing seven international documents and given scientific lectures in 23 countries.
He received a World Academy of Sciences Young Affiliate Award in 2007. He was a member of the foodborne epidemiology reference group in the World Health Organization for over 8 years. In 2012, he was a member of the outreach training course held in South Africa by the
Global Young Academy Young Scientists Ambassador Programme. He was president of the
Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT) in 2013-14 and is currently the editor-in-chief of the
Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology.
He has an MD in natural toxicities (1996, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences), an MPH in surveillance systems for overdoses (2001, Tehran University of Medical Sciences), a non-graduating MSc in epidemiology (race and ethnicity) (2002, University of Edinburgh) and a PhD in opioid toxicities (2005, University of Edinburgh).