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Dr. Reza Afshari (MD, MPH, and PhD in toxicology, and MSc certified in Epidemiology) is a toxicologist and epidemiologist (Senior Scientist – BCCDC), who focuses on environmental health. He has published over 200 articles and 6 books. Chemical exposures (with a focus on trace elements), risk assessment, marine food safety and toxicity, drug use and overdoses have been his main field of research.

Dr Afshari acted as a member of the Chemical Task Force – Foodborne Epidemiology Reference Group – World Health Organisation. He was awarded the “Young Affiliate of The World Academy of Sciences; –The 2007 TWAS young scientist – in biology/medicine”. He was elected as the President of Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT) 2013-2014. He is currently acting as the Editor-in-Chief of the “Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology”.

Selected publications (2015/2016)


Arthropods: Bite like a spider, sting like a scorpion. Nature. 2016 Sep 8;537(7619):167. https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v537/n7619/full/537167e.html

Is Play-Dough a Vector for Transporting and Accumulating Lead? A Pilot Study of Daycares in Greater Vancouver. Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology 2016 5(3), 72-74. http://apjmt.mums.ac.ir/article_7890_b5fe9096cc5fd5bc31947a76ff31ad67.pdf

Inorganic arsenic can be potent granulotoxin in mammalian neutrophils in vitro. J Immunotoxicol. 2016 Sep;13(5):686-93. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27416995

World Health Organization estimates of the global and regional disease burden of four foodborne chemical toxins, 2010: a data synthesis. F1000Res. 2015 Dec 3;4:1393. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26918123

Iran, sanctions, and collaborations. Lancet. 2016 Mar 12;387(10023):1055-6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26946923

The measurement of disability weights for 18 prevalent acute poisoning conditions. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2016 Oct;35(10):1033-40. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26655638

World Health Organization Global Estimates and Regional Comparisons of the Burden of Foodborne Disease in 2010. PLoS Med. 2015 Dec 3;12(12):e1001923. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26633896

Ten-year disease burden of acute poisonings in northeast Iran and estimations for national rates. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2016 Jul;35(7):747-59. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26449646

Geogenic thallium and lead pollution in soils and potential risk of toxicity: A. J Res Med Sci. 2015 Apr;20(4):420-1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26110002

High soil and groundwater arsenic levels induce high body arsenic loads, health risk and potential anemia for inhabitants of northeastern Iran. Environ Geochem Health. 2016 Apr;38(2):469-82. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26100324

Tramadol half-life is dose dependent in overdose. Daru. 2015 Feb 26;23:22 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25888861

Alcohol consumption in Iran. Lancet. 2014 Nov 29;384(9958):1927-8. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673614622790


For a full list of articles please see Google Scholar


SPPH 533 Public Health Toxicology (2015/2016)

Dr. Afshari’s research interests include chemical exposures (with a focus on trace elements) within the context of public and population health, environmental and human health risk assessments, marine food safety and toxicity, drug use and overdoses.