Shift by Alberta Innovates

Timothy Caulfield on covid misinformation and the launch of #ScienceUpFirst

February 10, 2021 Timothy Caulfield Season 2 Episode 3
Shift by Alberta Innovates
Timothy Caulfield on covid misinformation and the launch of #ScienceUpFirst
Show Notes

On this episode we speak with Timothy Caulfield about the battle against science misinformation, specifically information related to covid and the vaccines that are coming out.

This is a follow-up conversation with Tim as he appeared in our seventh-ever episode. Always engaging and ever-informative, we had a blast talking with Tim learning about his work and the new initiative #ScienceUpFirst that he's helping to co-lead.

Make sure to listen until the end when he reads excerpts of some of the mail he's received from "fans." (Please note the sarcasm...he tells us he receives plenty of hate mail...)


Jon and Katie, your Shift buddies 

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and public health policy has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. 

He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 

He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: 

  • The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and
  • Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). 

His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020).

Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award winning documentary TV show, A User's Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America.