Helen Leask BSc PhD is a Canadian freelance medical journalist. Her beats are cancer, human factors in medicine and adventure. Her work has appeared in Medscape, Quartz, the CBC, The Globe and Mail and The Walrus.
Helen was a 2017–2018 Fellow in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.
She has won awards for journalism and copywriting.
For 20 years, Helen was a professional biomedical facilitator. During this time she created VisionBOX, an image kit for facilitators.
Helen gained a PhD in zoology from the University of Bristol, UK, then worked as a science journalist. In Canada she founded three healthcare-related companies, including a book publisher, a research company and a medical communications agency on Yonge Street in Toronto that she ran for almost 20 years before selling up in 2017. Her book-publishing list included The Canadian Guide to Prostate Cancer, 2nd Edition. After she turned 40, with the help of a student loan Helen qualified as a private pilot, writing about the experience for The Globe and Mail. She crossed two oceans as the sole passenger on a freighter, a photojournalism project published by Quartz. Following lockdown, she travelled to the most remote islands on Earth, the Marquesas in French Polynesia, resulting in a solo photographic exhibition, Faces of Paradise. She is an adjunct professor at the San Diego Biomedical Institute (San Diego Biomed) and a reviewer for the British Medical Journal.