Prof Ken Takahashi
Ken is the Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI). After graduating from the School of Medicine, Keio University (Japan) and accomplishing clinical residency, he moved to the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan. There he studied and worked for 31 years including 16 years as the Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Acting then Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. He has engaged in epidemiologic research of occupational diseases, with special interest on asbestos diseases. At ADRI, Ken served as Professor of Concord Clinical School, University of Sydney during 2017 – May 2018. He hopes to complement ADRI’s research portfolio with his area of expertise on epidemiology, prevention and international collaboration on asbestos diseases. He has been serving as consultant/advisor to the WHO and other UN specialized agencies on a number of occasions, examiner/advisor to academic institutes in several Asian countries, is a former Board Member of the International Commission of Occupational Health and former President of the Asian Association for Occupational Health. He currently serves as the WHO Expert on Chemical Safety/Environmental Epidemiology (International Health Regulations) and is a Fellow and Executive Council Member of the Collegium Ramazzini. He received the Jorma Rantanen Award from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in 2011 and the Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (NGO in USA) in 2014.