Kathleen Kerr


MD, Diploma Environmental Health

Women's College Hospital
Environmental Health Clinic, 77 Grenville St, Room 107, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S 1B3
Research Interests
Chronic Diseases, Environmental Health, Genetics and Genomics, Health Policy, Health Promotion, Health Service Delivery, Knowledge Translation, Multimorbidity, Public Health, Quality of Life/Satisfaction, Women's Health, Systematic Reviews, ,
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Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Degrees: 1972, MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
Diploma: 1996, Diploma Environmental Health. McMaster Institute of Environment & Health, McMaster University
Affiliations: Vice-chair, The ME National Cohort Coordination Committee 2019

Research Synopsis

Pathophysiology and management of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome. Functional assessment tools in chronic complex conditions.
Pathophysiology of Gulf War illness.
Human health effects of pesticides
Review of research into the long term human health effects of environmental toxicants and persistent body burdens including heavy metals, pesticides, PCBs, addictive drugs, etc. and validity of methods that may accelerate elimination of body burden.

Recent Publications

Kerr K, Morse G, Graves D, Zuo F, Lipowicz A, Carpenter DO. A Detoxification Intervention for Gulf War Illness: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Oct 28;16(21).

Kerr KJ. Gulf War illness: an overview of events, most prevalent health outcomes, exposures, and clues as to pathogenesis. Rev Environ Health. 2015 Dec 1;30(4):273-86.

Sears ME, Kerr KJ, Bray RI. Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: a systematic review. J Environ Public Health. 2012. Feb 22.

Lavergne RM, Cole DC, Kerr KJ, Marshall L. Functional impairment in patients referred to the Environmental Health Clinic Toronto. Can Fam Physician. Feb 2010. Impact factor 1.4

Sanborn MD, Kerr KJ, Sanin LH, Cole DC, Bassil K, Vakil C. Non-cancer health effects of pesticides: systematic review and implications for family doctors. Can Fam Physician 2007 Oct;53:1712-1720

Bassil K, Vakil C, Sanborn MD, Cole DC, Kaur J, Kerr KJ Cancer health effects of pesticides: a systematic review. Can Fam Physician 2007 Oct;53:1704-1711


2019-Co-investigator. Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative ME Research Network. CIHR/IRSC Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Network Catalyst
Grant. PI-Alain Moreau, Co-PIs Luis Nacul, Alexis Goth, Amir Khadir);
2010-2015. Co-investigator: Gulf War Illness – Evaluation Of An Innovative Detoxification Program. US Department of Defense, Gulf War Illness Research Program grant. PI David Carpenter, Co-PI Gayle Morse.

2002-2004. Co-investigator. Systematic Review of Pesticide Human Health Effects. Laidlaw Foundation grant. Co-investigators: Margaret Sanborn, Donald Cole, Cathy Vakil, Luz Helena Sanin, Kate Bassil.