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Douglas M. Brugge, Ph.D., M.S.

Professor and Health Net, Inc. Endowed Chair in Community Medicine
Academic Office Location:
Public Health Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6325
Phone: 860-679-8814
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Public Health Sciences

Dr. Brugge became chair of the department at the end of March, 2019. Prior to that he was a public health professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He did his undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in biology and chemistry. His Ph.D. is in biology from Harvard University and he has an MS in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
B.A.Washington UniversityBiology and Chemistry
Ph.D.Harvard UniversityCellular and Developmental Biology
M.S.Harvard School of Public HealthIndustrial Hygiene

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
The Zucker Family Prize, Awarded Annually to a Member of the TUSM Faculty for Outstanding Research
Honorable Mention, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Annual Award for the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study
Tufts Community Research Center Annual Award, for the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health StudyTufts University
Finalist, Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty AwardCampus Compact
Certificate of AppreciationMassachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership
Honorable Mention, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Annual AwardNavajo Uranium Miner Oral History and Photography Project
Environmental Merit AwardU.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England
Recognition, 25th Anniversary BanquetChinese Progressive Association
Certificate of RecognitionCommittee for Boston Public Housing
RecognitionU.S. Congressional Record
Certificate of AppreciationEastern Navajo Din­é Against Uranium Mining & S.W. Research & Info. Center
Certificate of MeritAlternatives for Community and Environment
Certificate of AppreciationBoston Hispanic Sub-Parent Advisory Council

Dr. Brugge's teaching is in the areas of occupational and environmental health and community engagement in research.

Dr. Brugge directs the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH), a set of studies about ultrafine particles from traffic and their association with cardiovascular health risk (funded by NIEHS, NHLBI, EPA, HUD, and the Kresge Foundation). Additional research has been on housing conditions and child asthma, second hand smoke exposure, asthma in Chinese and black immigrant communities, health communication, uranium mining in Native American and other populations, and research ethics. Most of his work uses a community-based participatory research approach. He has over 160 publications and has a deep commitment to seeing research translated into policy and practice. 

Many of Dr. Brugge's research projects have opportunities for students. In the past students at all leavels, from high school to post docs have worked on projects he directs.

Journal Articles

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Improving in-home stand-alone air filtration for ultrafine particle exposure and health (Brugge D, Hudda N, Simon M, Fuller C, Zamore W, Hersey S, Durant J.) ,LectureETH Conference on Combustion Generated Nanoparticles2018Zurich, Switzerland
Measuring radon in exhaled breath. Human rights, future generations & crimes in the nuclear age (Brugge D, Nidecker A, Winde F, Ruegg U, Röösli M.)LecturePhysicians for Social Resp./Int. Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War2017Basel Switzerland
The long slow process of seeking justice for uranium mining harms for the Navajo People. Human rights, future generations & crimes in the nuclear ageLecturePhysicians for Social Resp./Int. Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War2017Basel Switzerland
Brugge D, Lane K, Fuller C, Walker D, Li Y, Corlin L, Patton A, Zamore W, Durant J. Traffic-related UFP and cardiovascular health: Findings from the CAFEH study in Boston, MA.Lecture21st ETH-conference on combustion generated nanoparticles2017
After the Closure of the Mine – Job Creation and Compensation, Nuclearisation of Africa: Impact of uranium mining on health and environment/legal and social aspects/renewable energies.Lecture2015Johannesburg, South Africa
Uranium Mining, from Exploration to Rehabilitation :Socioeconomic Aspects and Legal Action, Nuclearisation of Africa: Impact of uranium mining on health and environment/legal and social aspects/renewable energies.Lecture2015Johannesburg, South Africa
Combined Radioactive and Toxic Effects of Uranium, Nuclearisation of Africa: Impact of uranium mining on health and environment/legal and social aspects/renewable energies.Lecture2015Johannesburg, South Africa
Uranium mining and health issues in the USALectureWorld Uranium Symposium2015Quebec, Canada
The externalized costs of uranium mining in the United States. Uranium - past and future challenges (Brugge D, Dasaraju A, Lu YQ, Dayer B. )Lecture7th Int. Conference on Uranium Mining and Hydrology, Technische Universitat2014Freiberg, Germany
Health aspects of uranium. Uranium mining: Impact on health and environmentLecture2013Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Health impact: Uranium as heavy metal and source of radiationLectureBahi Community Meeting2013Dodoma, Tanzania