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2015_MT David BrennerDAVID BRENNER

Higgins Professor of Radiation Biophysics

Director, Center for Radiological Research

Columbia University Medical Center


David Brenner is the Director of the Columbia University Center for Radiological Research, which is the oldest and largest radiation biology center in the US.  He is also P.I. of the Center for High-Throughput Minimally-Invasive Radiation Biodosimetry, a multi-institute consortium to develop high-throughput biodosimetry technology to rapidly test individual radiation exposure after a radiological incident.

Dr. Brenner’s research focuses on mechanistic models for the effects of ionizing radiation on living systems. He investigates the effects of high doses of ionizing radiation (relating to radiation therapy) and the effects of low doses of radiation (relating to radiological, environmental, and occupational exposures). At low doses, he was the first to quantify potential risks associated with the rapidly increasing usage of CT scans. At high doses, his proposal to use large-fraction radiotherapy for prostate cancer (hypo-fractionation) is increasingly being used in the clinic, with several randomized trials now published.

Dr. Brenner has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of two books on radiation for the lay person: “Making the Radiation Therapy Decision” and “Radon, Risk and Remedy”. Dr Brenner is a recent recipient of the Failla gold medal, the annual award given by the Radiation Research Society for contributions to radiation research, and the Weldon Prize, from Oxford University for the development of mathematical or statistical methods applied to problems in biology. He is a member of the US National Academies Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board.


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Forthcoming events

NDPH/BDI Seminar - The Impact of ART and Circumcision on Community HIV Incidence- The Botswana Combination Prevention Project

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 2.30pm to 3.30pm @ Seminar room 1, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Ethox and WEH Seminar - Delaying and Withholding Interventions: Ethics and the Stepped Wedge

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

CPNP Seminar - Ending the Pacific NCD Crisis: Insights from Tonga and New Zealand

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ L1 Ax Meeting room, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar: Are journals an endangered species?

Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Ethox and WEH Seminar - Beyond Hype: Opportunities and Challenges in mHealth

Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF