BiographyDr. Brooks' primary areas of research involve (1) epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown causes in Central America and (2) smoking cessation and tobacco-related disease. Major current projects include: 4. Principal Investigator of a project funded by the World Bank to search for causes of a long-term epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America, which is exploring multiple hypotheses. 2. Principal Investigator of a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct a group-randomized trial in Boston public housing developments to test whether use of specialized resident community health advocates can increase use of smoking cessation treatments and subsequent quit rates among smokers living in public housing. 3. Co-investigator in a study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to assess patterns of RNA gene expression associated with different smoking patterns and changes in gene expression for a six-month period following cessation of smoking. Prior to joining the faculty at BUSPH, Dr. Brooks spent more than 10 years at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, most recently as Director of the Health Survey Program, where he directed all aspects of the Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
- University of Michigan, BA
- Boston University, MPH
- Boston University, DSc
- Published on 10/3/2016
Moses E, Wang T, Corbett S, Jackson GR, Drizik E, Perdomo C, Perdomo C, Kleerup E, Brooks D, O'Connor G, Dubinett S, Hayden P, Lenburg ME, Spira A. Molecular impact of electronic cigarette aerosol exposure in human bronchial epithelium. Toxicol Sci. 2016 Oct 3. PMID: 27701119.
- Published on 3/15/2016
Geller AC, Rees VW, Brooks DR. The Proposal for Smoke-Free Public Housing: Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities for 2 Million Residents. JAMA. 2016 Mar 15; 315(11):1105-6. PMID: 26882206.
- Published on 1/1/2016
Hatch EE, Hahn KA, Wise LA, Mikkelsen EM, Kumar R, Fox MP, Brooks DR, Riis AH, Sorensen HT, Rothman KJ. Evaluation of Selection Bias in an Internet-based Study of Pregnancy Planners. Epidemiology. 2016 Jan; 27(1):98-104. PMID: 26484423.
- Published on 10/9/2015
Laws RL, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, Weiner DE, Kaufman JS, Ramírez-Rubio O, Riefkohl A, Scammell MK, López-Pilarte D, Sánchez JM, Parikh CR, McClean MD. Biomarkers of Kidney Injury Among Nicaraguan Sugarcane Workers. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Feb; 67(2):209-17. PMID: 26454687.
- Published on 8/25/2015
Ramírez-Rubio O, Amador JJ, Kaufman JS, Weiner DE, Parikh CR, Khan U, McClean MD, Laws RL, López-Pilarte D, Friedman DJ, Kupferman J, Brooks DR. Urine biomarkers of kidney injury among adolescents in Nicaragua, a region affected by an epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2016 Mar; 31(3):424-32. PMID: 26311057.
- Published on 1/28/2015
Laws RL, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, Weiner DE, Kaufman JS, Ramírez-Rubio O, Riefkohl A, Scammell MK, López-Pilarte D, Sánchez JM, Parikh CR, McClean MD. Changes in kidney function among Nicaraguan sugarcane workers. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2015 Jul-Sep; 21(3):241-50. PMID: 25631575.
- Published on 7/30/2014
Heaton B, Applebaum KM, Rothman KJ, Brooks DR, Heeren T, Dietrich T, Garcia RI. The influence of prevalent cohort bias in the association between periodontal disease progression and incident coronary heart disease. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Oct; 24(10):741-6. PMID: 25169680.
- Published on 4/16/2013
Ramirez-Rubio O, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, Kaufman JS, Weiner DE, Scammell MK. Chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua: a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with physicians and pharmacists. BMC Public Health. 2013; 13:350. PMID: 23590528.
- Published on 3/22/2013
Kabali C, Mtei L, Brooks DR, Waddell R, Bakari M, Matee M, Arbeit RD, Pallangyo K, von Reyn CF, Horsburgh CR. Increased mortality associated with treated active tuberculosis in HIV-infected adults in Tanzania. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2013 Jul; 93(4):461-6. PMID: 23523641.
- Published on 3/1/2013
Semrau K, Kuhn L, Brooks DR, Cabral H, Sinkala M, Kankasa C, Thea DM, Aldrovandi GM. Dynamics of breast milk HIV-1 RNA with unilateral mastitis or abscess. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Mar 1; 62(3):348-55. PMID: 23202812.
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