Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist, Professor and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He was trained in occupational and environmental medicine, public health and toxicology, at Yale, the University of North Carolina and 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. He helps direct the exposure assessment component of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort. His current research on human health and climate change focuses on water quality and quantity, extreme weather events and gastro-intestinal illness and the role of aero-allergens in the development of asthma and allergy in children. He is Canadian co-chair of the Health Professionals Advisory Board to the International Joint Commission on border waters and lead author for the water and health chapter for the national Climate Change Health Assessment 2021.