J. David Miller

J. David Miller
  • Professor
  • Company: Carleton University

Dr. Miller received his secondary education at the University of New Brunswick, before studying at the University of Portsmouth in England, where he was also a NATO Science Postdoctoral Fellow. His post-university career at Agriculture Canada, and became head of the Fusarium mycotoxin program in 1988. He became a Professor & NSERC Research Chair in fungal toxins and allergens at Carleton University in 2000. From 1999-2008, he was a visiting scientist and science advisor at Health Canada in the air health effects division. Among other tasks, Dr. Miller helped to draft the guidelines for mold and dampness published by Health Canada. Over the past 30 years, he has co-managed many large studies of housing and health.
Dr. Miller has published >350 papers on fungi and fungal toxins and has co-written 10 books on the public health aspects of exposures to fungi, and has several patents. He participated in International Agency for Research on Cancer Monographs 56 and 86, and a panel leading to an IARC publication on mycotoxins and public health (Scientific Publication 158). He was a member of the drafting committee of the World Health Organization IPCS monograph on fumonisin B1. He was a member of the Toxicology Study Selection and Review Committee that considers compounds nominated by the US Food and Drug Administration to the National Toxicology Program. He chaired a WHO panel on fungal toxins in developing countries and coedited the final report “Mycotoxin Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” (2016). He was a member of the 83rd Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (WHO/FAO; 2016-18). In 2018, he participated in a panel on child nutrition at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences leading to a statement from the Academy. Aside from his interests in toxins that affect humans and animals, Miller has published extensively on foliar endophytes of conifers that produce toxins that affect insects.
Miller has served on many national and international committees on mold and dampness in the built environment including on the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology committee that produced practice parameters for environmental allergens.
He was chief editor of the American Industrial Hygiene Association “Green Book” (2008, 2019) and “Field Guide” (1996, 2005) that lay out guidelines for addressing mold and dampness in public buildings.
Miller is an elected member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences. Among other awards, he received the AgExcellence Award from Agriculture Canada, the Toxicology Forum Scott Award for contributions to toxicology, the Applied Research Award from the Ottawa Life Sciences Council, an AIHA award for contributions to the field of industrial hygiene and the 2017 Award of Merit from the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. In 2013, Miller was elected as a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. In 2016, he received the prestigious NSERC Synergy Award for his research partnership with JD Irving, Limited. Dr. Miller is a member of the Toxicology Forum in Washington.

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