Professor Peter A. Singer is Senior Scientist and Professor of Medicine at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network and University of Toronto.
Professor Singer's research is at the nexus of life sciences, entrepreneurship, and the developing world. The core ideas are: How can life sciences technologies move from 'lab to village' in the developing world? How can Canada grow economically by tapping into the 'demand pull' for its life sciences technologies from emerging economies? How can developing countries, particularly in Africa, accelerate commercialization of life sciences for health and economic development? His earlier contributions have included improvements in quality end-of-life care, fair priority setting in healthcare organizations, pandemic influenza planning and teaching bioethics.
Singer has received Canada’s highest health research awards including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Distinguished Investigator Award and Michael Smith Award. He is also the recipient of the Nellie Westerman Prize in Ethics of the American Federation for Clinical Research, Young Educator Award of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, American College of Physicians George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Medical Scholarship, NHRDP National Health Research Scholar, and Award for Excellence from Yale University School of Public Health, University of Toronto Dales Award, Department of Medicine Research Award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.
He has published over 240 research articles, received over $50 million in research grants, trained over 70 graduate students and fellows, and written more than 30 op-eds in national newspapers.
Singer is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges for Global Health Initiative, a former member of the US National Academies Committee which reported on "Globalization, Biosecurity, and the Future of the Life Sciences", and he has advised the UN Secretary General's Office on biosecurity.
Between 1995 and 2006, Singer was Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, and Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.
Singer studied internal medicine at the University of Toronto, medical ethics at the University of Chicago, public health at Yale University, and management at Harvard Business School.
He is immediate past board chair of Branksome Hall School for Girls.