Daniel Brooks, DSc
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

MPH, Boston University
DSc, Boston University

Dr. Brooks is also the Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Epidemiology, director of the MPH certificate in Chronic and Non-communicable Diseases, member of the Epidemiology Doctoral Committee, and the instructor for a doctoral-level seminar in issues of study design. Prior to joining the faculty at BUSPH, Dr. Brooks spent more than 10 years at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, first as Research Director for the Occupational Health Surveillance Program and then as Director of the Health Survey Program, where he directed all aspects of the Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Dr. Brooks has two primary areas of research focus:
(1) He leads an international team of researchers investigating the causes of an epidemic of chronic kidney disease of undetermined etiology (CKDu) in Central America that primarily affects poorer male manual laborers and is responsible for an estimated 20,000 deaths over the past two decades (http://www.bu.edu/sph/research/research-landing-page/research-group-for-the-study-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-central-america/). The research is informed by a lifecourse approach, focusing on occupational risks, early life exposures, and genetic susceptibility that might potentiate environmental exposures. Suspected environmental factors under investigation include heat stress and dehydration, agrichemicals, infectious agents, metals, and medications with potential for kidney toxicity. Dr. Brooks also is a member of the Executive Board of the Consortium on the Epidemic of Nephropathy in Central America and Mexico (CENCAM), an organization of researchers, clinicians, and public health professionals from more than a dozen countries whose mission is to contribute to knowledge generation and to promote and facilitate activities and policies to reduce CKDu occurrence in the affected countries.

(2) A second area of research focuses on increasing cessation among low-income smokers, particularly residents of public housing. Dr. Brooks was principal investigator of a 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 could increase use of smoking cessation treatments and subsequent quit rates among smokers living in public housing. Results of the study indicated that this may be an effective strategy. Currently, his work in this area focuses particularly on the federal rule mandating smoke-free policies in public housing authorities throughout the country. Ongoing studies include (i) an intervention funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase resident support and compliance with a smoke-free policy in a privately managed affordable housing setting and (ii) a study co-funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Cancer Society to learn from the experiences of housing authorities that have already voluntarily adopted smoke-free policies in order to assist the large number of authorities who will be adopting policies as a result of the federal rule.

Associate Chair for Education
Boston University School of Public Health

The Role of Genetic Susceptibility in Central American Kidney Disease Epidemic
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Sugarcane workers, medical visits, and kidney function
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
The George Washington University HHS CDC NIOSH

HUD's Smoke-Free Rule: Survey of Early Adopter Public Housing Authorities (PHAs)
07/01/2016 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
The President and Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Robert Wood Johnson

Prospective Evaluation of a Comprehensive Smoke-Free Public Housing Policy in a Multi-State Setting
12/15/2014 - 12/14/2017 (PI)
Harvard School of Public Health Dept of HUD

Investigating the Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease among Central American Workers
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Harvard University

Investigation of Potential Non-Occupational Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease in Nicaragua
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2016 (PI)
CDC Foundation Comm Ntl Prod Azucar

A GEOHealth hub for agriculture and informal work in Nicaragua: - USA
09/20/2012 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/Fogarty International Center

Validation of a Genomic Biomarker of Responses to Environmental Tobacco Smoke
08/08/2011 - 06/30/2015 (Multi-PI)
PI: Daniel Brooks, DSc
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Health Advocates as a Vehicle to Improve Treatment for Smokers in Public Housing
09/11/2009 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

APOL1 Variants and Renal Disease in African Americans
07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc Doris Duke Fdn

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2019 Third International Workshop on Mesoamerican Nephropathy and Other CKDu 1U13DK121510-01
2018 Role of Genetic Susceptibility in the Central American Kidney Disease Epidemic 1R01DK116021-01A1
2014 A GEOHealth Hub for Agriculture and Informal Work in Nicaragua: - USA 3R24TW009553-02S1
2013 A GEOHealth hub for agriiculture and informal work in Nicaragua: - USA 5R24TW009553-02
2013 Health Advocates as a Vehicle to Improve Treatment for Smokers in Public Housing 5R01CA141587-05
2012 A GEOHealth hub for agriiculture and informal work in Nicaragua: - USA 1R24TW009553-01
2012 Validation of a Genomic Biomarker of Response to Environmental Tobacco Smoke 5R01ES020425-02
2012 Health Advocates as a Vehicle to Improve Treatment for Smokers in Public Housing 5R01CA141587-04
2012 Health Advocates as a Vehicle to Improve Treatment for Smokers in Public Housing 3R01CA141587-04S2
2011 Validation of a Genomic Biomarker of Response to Environmental Tobacco Smoke 1R01ES020425-01
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  1. Corbett SE, Nitzberg M, Moses E, Kleerup E, Wang T, Perdomo C, Perdomo C, Liu G, Zhang S, Liu H, Elashoff DA, Brooks DR, O'Connor GT, Dubinett SM, Spira A, Lenburg ME. Gene Expression Alterations in the Bronchial Epithelium of Electronic Cigarette Users. Chest. 2019 Jun 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31233743.
  2. Hijazi K, Malyszko B, Steiling K, Xiao X, Liu G, Alekseyev YO, Dumas YM, Hertsgaard L, Jensen J, Hatsukami D, Brooks DR, O'Connor G, Beane J, Lenburg ME, Spira A. Tobacco-Related Alterations in Airway Gene Expression are Rapidly Reversed Within Weeks Following Smoking-Cessation. Sci Rep. 2019 May 06; 9(1):6978.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31061400.
  3. Gallo-Ruiz L, Sennett CM, Sánchez-Delgado M, García-Urbina A, Gámez-Altamirano T, Basra K, Laws RL, Amador JJ, Lopez-Pilarte D, Tripodis Y, Brooks DR, McClean MD, Kupferman J, Friedman D, Aragón A, González-Quiroz M, Scammell MK. Prevalence and Risk Factors for CKD Among Brickmaking Workers in La Paz Centro, Nicaragua. Am J Kidney Dis. 2019 Feb 27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30826087; DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2019.01.017;.
  4. Brooks DR, Burtner JL, Borrelli B, Heeren TC, Evans T, Davine JA, Greenbaum J, Scarpaci M, Kane J, Rees VW, Geller AC. Twelve-Month Outcomes of a Group-Randomized Community Health Advocate-Led Smoking Cessation Intervention in Public Housing. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Nov 15; 20(12):1434-1441.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29145626.
  5. Harlow A, Stokes A, Brooks D. Socio-economic and racial/ethnic differences in e-cigarette uptake among cigarette smokers: Longitudinal analysis of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Jul 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29986109.
  6. Kupferman J, Ramírez-Rubio O, Amador JJ, López-Pilarte D, Wilker EH, Laws RL, Sennett C, Robles NV, Lau JL, Salinas AJ, Kaufman JS, Weiner DE, Scammell MK, McClean MD, Brooks DR, Friedman DJ. Acute Kidney Injury in Sugarcane Workers at Risk for Mesoamerican Nephropathy. Am J Kidney Dis. 2018 Oct; 72(4):475-482.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30042041.
  7. Brooks DR, Getz KD, Brennan AT, Pollack A, Fox MP. The impact of joint misclassification of exposures and outcomes on the results of epidemiologic research. Current Epidemiologic Reports. 2018; 5(2):166-174.
  8. Anthony J, Goldman R, Rees VW, Frounfelker RL, Davine J, Keske RR, Brooks DR, Geller AC. Qualitative Assessment of Smoke-Free Policy Implementation in Low-Income Housing: Enhancing Resident Compliance. Am J Health Promot. 2019 01; 33(1):107-117. PMID: 29772910.
  9. Geller AC, Borrelli B, Davine JA, Burtner J, Heeren TC, Rees VW, Adekgoke A, Brooks DR. Factors associated with recent use of nicotine replacement therapy among multiethnic smokers residing in public housing. Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2017.
  10. Ross CS, Brooks DR, Aschengrau A, Siegel MB, Weinberg J, Shrier LA. Positive and negative affect following marijuana use in naturalistic settings: An ecological momentary assessment study. Addict Behav. 2018 01; 76:61-67.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28756041.
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