Colin L. Soskolne, PhD, is Professor emeritus from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He was professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health for 28 years (1985 – 2013). Through 2019, he holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Health Research Institute, University of Canberra, Australia. He remains an active Fellow in both the Collegium Ramazzini and American College of Epidemiology.
Since before his retirement, Dr. Soskolne continues to devote substantial volunteer time to the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (www.ijpc-se.org) for it to become an effective counter-weight to moneyed influence and the misuse of epidemiology in the formulation of public health policy. In the public interest, the IJPC-SE calls for “Health for all through ethical, independent and transparent science”.
Dr. Soskolne obtained his BSc (1970) and BSc Honours (1971) degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His PhD in Epidemiology (1982) is from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. For his doctoral dissertation, he was awarded the 1983 Society for Epidemiologic Research annual Student Prize.
Dr. Soskolne’s career has spanned several areas, from occupational and environmental cancer epidemiology through HIV/AIDS, promoting and leading the global need for ethics and integrity in the profession, and, over the past 20+ years, the implications of global ecological integrity for human health/survival. His joint studies on the link between degrading environmental conditions and human health consequences revealed dire conclusions that led, in 1998, to a World Health Organization (WHO EURO) Workshop in Rome, Italy. Following the Workshop, a WHO Discussion Document was produced placing this topic prominently on the international public health agenda.
Dr. Soskolne has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited over 400 peer-reviewed published papers, chapters, letters, books, and proceedings. He continues to write. He is Senior Editor of a book entitled Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance. He developed an interdisciplinary graduate course based on this book entitled Values, Ethics, and Sustainability.
Details of his contributions are accessible at www.colinsoskolne.com