Director

The Board of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation is commencing its recruitment for the new Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI).

Current Director, world-renowned epidemiologist, E/Professor Ken Takahashi has led the Institute since 2016 and will depart at the end of November to return to Japan.

During his tenure, E/Professor Takahashi has built ADRI from a highly respected Australian iMRI to a globally recognised centre of excellence. Testimony to this is ADRI’s designation by the World Health Organization as Collaborating Centre for Elimination of Asbestos Related Diseases – a world first.

Most recently, ADRI was nominated by the United Nations Environmental Programme Agency (UNEP) to deliver specialised training on asbestos related diseases and asbestos mitigation in developing countries. This recognition reflects Professor Takahashi’s commitment toward securing international co-operation and partnerships to reduce the global burden of asbestos related disease.

His global vision saw ADRI’s expert team of researchers, scientists, public health specialists and lung nurses travel to Fiji, the Philippines and Indonesia (2017) to teach health professionals to build their skill and capacity in detecting, diagnosing and treating asbestos-related diseases.

Under Professor Takahashi’s leadership, ADRI has cemented strong ties nationally with leading institutes, like the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) in Perth, and he expanded ADRI’s arc of deliverables and scientific scope to the bio-medical research, clinical, public health and patient support pathways. All four areas represent the most crucial pillars in discovering the answers to make asbestos diseases history.

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Professor Ken Takahashi

E/Professor Ken Takahashi

Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI)
Ken Takahashi was Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), Japan. Ken graduated from the School of Medicine, Keio University in 1983 (MD), and after completing a 2-year residency in surgery, he received a PhD from UOEH and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh. He engages in epidemiologic research of occupational diseases, with special interest on occupational lung diseases, and asbestos-related diseases in particular. He served as consultant/advisor to the WHO and ILO 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 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. Ken is Research Director (Director of ADRI) since Feb 2017 and was Professor at the University of Sydney, Concord Clinical School Feb 2017 – May 2018.