Douglas Brugge, M.S., Ph.D., is Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. With training in cellular and developmental biology, as well as in industrial hygiene, Dr. Brugge directs the NIH-funded Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health study, a five-year, community-based participatory research project that seeks to advance scientific understanding of the health risks of highway pollution. He has worked in community-collaborations with many neighborhoods of Boston, including Chinatown, and with Navajo communities in the Southwest.
Dr. Brugge’s research has largely employed the model of community-collaborative research and methodologically has involved focus groups, oral histories, surveys, environmental sampling and health assessment. His research includes studies of asthma; of the impact of culture and language on health communication; the impact of environmental tobacco smoke; motor vehicle related injuries; and the impact of uranium mining and processing on Native Americans.
Dr. Brugge can speak about:
- Air pollution, especially from traffic
- Housing conditions and health
- Environmental justice
- Immigrant health
- Health effects of uranium/uranium ore
- Community collaboration in research
- Translating research into practice and policy