Professor
Director, Bridge Program
ScD (Harvard), BA (University of California-Berkeley)
Rm 366A, 2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
phone: 604-822-9585
fax: 604-822-4994

Michael Brauer joined the UBC faculty in 1991 in the Department of Medicine. He was an innaugural member of the Occupational Hygiene Program and served as Director of the School of Environmental Health from 2003-2008 and as as the Occupational and Environmental Health theme co-lead in SPPH from 2011-2014. He is currently Director of the Bridge Program , a strategic training fellowship program linking public health, engineering and policy. He also holds associate appointments in the Division of Respiratory Medicine and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Dr. Brauer received bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences from the University of California-Berkeley (1986) and a doctorate in Environmental Health from Harvard University (1990). He was a visiting scientist at the Institute of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Arhus University in Denmark (1991), at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University in The Netherlands (2000) and at the East-West Center in Hawaii, USA (2008).

His research focuses on the assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, with specific interest in air pollution and global health, transportation-related and biomass air pollution. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia. He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a member of the Core Analytic Team for the Global Burden of Disease.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities:
PURE-AIR
CREATE-Atmospheric Aerosol Program

Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

§  American Lung Association, Career Investigator Award (1997). 
§  American Industrial Hygiene Association, Indoor Environmental Quality Committee, Best paper award (1998)
§  Wolfe and Ghita Churg Foundation, WH Thurlbeck Prize for Research in Lung Disease (1999)
§  Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, Best paper award (1997)                             
§  Medical Research Council of Canada / British Columbia Lung Association Scientist Award (1997)
§  Medical Research Council of Canada / British Columbia Lung Association Research Scholarship (1992).
§  Environmental Health Perspectives Paper of the Year (2011)
§  Environmental Science and Technology Science Paper of the Year (2012)
§  UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence (2012)
§  Asthma Society of Canada For Life and Breath Innovation in Health Research Award, (2014)
§  Asthma Society of Canada  Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Prize, (2014)

Courses
SPPH 522 Environmental Health
SPPH 522 Environmental Health (Distributed Learning)
BRDG 500 Thesis and Journal Seminar

AIR POLLUTION POST-DOC AND PHD POSITIONS AVAILABLE

November 12, 2014

We are seeking great candidates for one Post-Doc and 2 PhD positions in air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology at The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Oregon State University (OSU) as part of a major global epidemiologic study (PURE-AIR). The study includes ~200,000 individuals in ~700 communities in ~20 countries and is examining the health impacts of household and outdoor air pollution. If you have any promising students coming up, please put them in touch Michael Brauer or Perry Hystad as soon as possible.

The PostDoc position is specifically focused on coordinating ambient air monitoring and on modelling exposure using measurements and satellite-based estimates developed by the project team. Ideally, the person will be recruited via UBC although there is some flexibility for a position at Oregon State if circumstances require it. They should be willing to spend up to 2 months in summer/fall 2015 at 1-2 field sites in low or middle income countries establishing monitoring sites and developing a protocol for future site establishment. Familiarity with air monitoring instrumentation, troubleshooting and strong organizational skills are necessary. Experience working internationally, with large datasets, and with epidemiologic analyses are also desirable.

We are seeking a PhD student at UBC to work on household air monitoring as part of the same study. This work will involve organizing household monitoring in low and middle income rural study communities by implementation of previously developed measurement protocol (samplers will be shipped to local study coordinators for implementation of the protocol – data will be returned to the study center at UBC for management and processing), data management and analysis, estimation of exposures and application in epidemiologic analyses of chronic diseases (e.g. CVD, stroke, lung function, etc.). Strong quantitative skills and an interest in the topic are essential.

In addition, we are seeking a PhD student at OSU to work on modelling traffic-related air pollution for all 700 PURE community sites, developing protocols/questionnaires to assess traffic exposure in future PURE follow-up activities, and conducting epidemiological analyses of traffic-related exposure and chronic diseases (e.g. CVD, stroke, lung function, etc.). Strong skills in GIS, statistics, programming, and epidemiology are essential.

 

Current Graduate Students:

Hind SbihiPhDStudent; http://www.canadianchildstudy.ca/
Martha LeeMSc: Land use regression modeling of air pollution in Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Dynamic 3-Dimeonsional exposure model
Annie Wang: Air quality in street canyons and the use of wireless dispersed air quality sensors
Aaron Birch: Household air pollution in the PURE-AIR cohort

Google Scholar Citations

(Selected, last 3 years)

Snider G, Weagle CL, Martin RV, van Donkelaar A, Conrad K, Cunningham D, Gordon C, Zwicker M, Akoshile C, Artaxo P, Anh NX, Brook J, Dong J, Garland RM, Greenwald R, Griffith D, He K, Holben BN, Kahn R, Koren I, Lagrosas N, Lestari P, Ma Z, Martins JV, Quel E, Rudich Y, Salam A, Tripathi, Yu C, Zhang Q, Brauer M, Cohen A, Gibson MD,Liu Y. SPARTAN: A Global Network to Evaluate and Enhance Satellite-Based Estimates of Ground-level Particulate Matter for Global Health Applications. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Discussion. 7: 7569–7611, 2014.

Chafe ZA, Mehta S, Brauer M, Klimont Z, van Dingenen R, Smith KR. The Proportion of Fine Particulate Ambient Air Pollution (PM2.5) Attributable to Household Fuel Use for Cooking. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2014.

Fuertes E, Söderhäll C, Acevedo N, Becker A, Brauer M, Chan-Yeung M, Nicole Dijk F, Heinrich J, de Jongste J, Koppelman GH, Postma DS, Kere J, Kozyrskyj AL, Pershagen G, Sandford A, Standl M, Tiesler CM, Waldenberger M, Westman M, Carlsten C, Melén E. Associations between the 17q21 region and allergic rhinitis in 5 birth cohorts.J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Sep 24. pii: S0091-6749(14)01188-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2014.08.016.

Mehta S. Sbihi H, Dinh TN, Xuan DV, Thanh LTT, Thanh CT, Truong GL, Cohen A, Brauer M. Effect of Poverty on the Relationship between Personal Exposures and Ambient Concentrations of Air Pollutants in Ho Chi Minh City. Atmospheric Environment. 2014.

Krzyzanowski M, Apte JS, Bonjour SP, Brauer M, Cohen AJ, Prüss-Ustun AM. Air Pollution in the Mega-cities.Current Environmental Health Reports, 2014.

Fuertes E, Butland Bk, Anderson HR, Carlsten C, Strachan DP, Brauer M, and the ISAAC Phase Three study group. Associations of intermittent and persistent rhinitis prevalence with climate and vegetation: a global analysis. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 2014. Jul 22. pii: S1081-1206(14)00422-0. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2014.06.021

Carlsten C, Brauer M, Brinkman FSL, Brook J, Daley D, McNagny KM, Royce D, Takaro T, Pui M, Denburg J. Harnessing Genes, the Environment and Personalized Medicine. EMBO Reports. 2014. doi: 10.15252/embr.201438480

Hystad P, Davies H, Frank LD, Van Loon J, Gehring U, Tamburic L, Brauer M. Residential Greenness and Birth Outcomes: Distinguishing Effects from Spatially Correlated Built Environment Factors. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2014.

De Roos AJ, Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, Davies H, Brauer M. Ambient air pollution, community noise, and proximity to traffic in relation to incident Rheumatoid Arthritis. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2014.

Brauer M, Hystad P. Cities and health…let me count the ways (Commentary). Epidemiology. 2014 Jul;25(4):526-7. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000110

Smith KR, Bruce N, Balakrishnan K, Adair-Rohani H, Balmes J, Chafe Z, Dherani M, Hosgood HD, Mehta S, Pope D, Rehfuess E and others in the HAP CRA Risk Expert Group (including Brauer M). Millions dead: how do we know and what does it mean? Methods used in the comparative risk assessment of household air pollution. Annu Rev Public Health. 2014 Mar 18;35:185-206. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182356

Gan W, Allen R, Brauer M, Davies H, Mancini GBJ, Lear S. Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Progression of Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004743 doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004743

Therrien S, Brauer M, Fuller D, Gauvin L, Teschke K, Winters M. Identifying the Leaders: Applying Diffusion of Innovation Theory to Use of a Public Bike Share System in Vancouver, BC. Accepted, Transportation Research Record, 2014.

Burnett RT, Pope CA III, Ezzati M, Olives C, Lim SS, Mehta S, Shin H, Singh G, Hubbell B, Brauer M, Anderson HR, Smith KR, Balmes J, Bruce N, Kan H, Laden F, Pruss-Ustun A, Turner MC, Gapstur SM, Diver WR, Cohen A. An Integrated Risk Function for Estimating the Global Burden of Disease Attributable to Ambient Fine Particulate Matter Exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2014. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1307049

MacIntyre EA, Brauer M, Melén E, Bauer CP, Bauer M, Berdel D, Bergström A, Brunekreef B, Chan-Yeung M, Cramer C, Fuertes E, Gehring U, Gref A, Heinrich J, Herbarth O, Kerkhof M, Koppelman GH, Kozyrskyj AL, Pershagen P, Postma DS, Thiering E, Tiesler CMT, Carlsten C for the TAG Study Group. GSTP1 and TNF Gene Variants and Associations between Air Pollution and Incident Childhood Asthma: The Traffic, Asthma and Genetics (TAG) Study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2014. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1307459

Brauer M, Mancini GB. Where there’s smoke…(Commentary) BMJ. 2014 Jan 21;348:g40. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g40

Hystad P, Brauer M, Demers PA, Johnson KC, Setton E, Cervantes A, Poplawski K, Nicol A-M. Spatial Variation in Radon and Associated Lung Cancer Risk in Canada: Results from a Population-Based Lung Cancer Case-Control Study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2014 Jan 6;105(1):e4-e10

Gehring U, Tamburic L, Sbihi H, Davies HW, Brauer M. The impact of noise and air pollution exposure on pregnancy outcomes. Epidemiology. 2014; 25(3): 351-358. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000073

Saraswat A, Apte JS, Kandlikar M, Brauer M, Henderson SB, Marshall JD. Spatiotemporal land use regression models of fine, ultrafine and black carbon particulate matter in New Delhi, India. Environmental Science and Technology. 2013.

Loomis D, Lauby-Secretan B, El Ghissassi F, Bouvard V, Benbrahim-Tallaa L, Ghua N, Baan R, Mattock H on behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group (M. Brauer – member and Exposure sub-group Chair). The carcinogenicity of outdoor air pollution. Lancet Oncology. 2013.

Fuertes E, Standl M, Cyrys J, Berdel D, von Berg A, Bauer C-P, Hoffman B, Lehmann I, Koletzko S, Carlsten C. A longitudinal analysis of associations between traffic-related air pollution with asthma, allergies and sensitization in two German birth cohorts. Peer J 2013

Hystad P, Carpiano RM, Demers PA,Johnson KC, Brauer M. Neighbourhood socioeconomic status and individual lung cancer risk: Evaluating long-term exposure measures and mediating mechanisms. Social Science in Medicine 2013. 97:95-103.

Brauer M,Reynolds C, Hystad P. Traffic related air pollution and health in Canada. Canadian Medical Association Journal,2013.

MacIntyre E, Carlsten C, MacNutt M, Fuertes E, Melén E, Tiesler CMT, Gehring U, Krämer U, Cramer C, Kerkhof M, Chan-Yeung M, Kozyrskyj AL, Berdel D, Bauer CP, Herbarth O, Bauer M, Schaaf B, Koletzko S, Pershagen G, Brunekreef B, Heinrich J, Brauer M. Traffic, Asthma and Genetics: combining international birth cohort data to examine genetics as a mediator of traffic-related air pollution’s impact on childhood asthma.  European Journal of Epidemiology. 2013.

Yao J, Henderson SB, Brauer M. Evaluation of the Bluesky smoke forecasting system and its utility for public health protection in British Columbia. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2013. 

Sbihi H, Brook JR, Allen RW, Curran J, Dell S, Mandhane P, Scott J, Sears M, Subbarao P, Takaro T, Turvey S, Wheeler A, Brauer M. A new exposure metric for traffic-related air pollution? An analysis of determinants of Hopanes in settled indoor house dust. Environmental Health. 2013. 12:48

Abernethy RC, Allen RW, McKendry IG, Brauer M. A land use regression model for ultrafine particles in Vancouver, Canada. Environmental Science and Technology. 2013.

Fuertes E, Brauer M, MacIntyre E, Bauer M, Bellander T, von Berg A, Berdel D, Brunekreef B, Chan-Yeung M,Cramer C, Gehring U, Herbarth O, Hoffmann B, Kerkhof M, Koletzko S,Kozyrskyj A, Kull I, Heinrich J, Melén E, Pershagen G, Postma D, Tiesler CMT, Carlsten C for the TAG Study Group. Childhood allergic rhinitis, traffic-related air pollution, and variability in the GSTP1, TNF, TLR2 and TLR4 genes. Results from the TAG Study . Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2013.

Gan W, Fitzgerald JM, Carlsten C, Sadatsafavi M, Brauer M. Associations of Ambient Air Pollution with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Hospitalization and Mortality. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2013. 187(7):721-7

Hystad, P., Demers, P., Johnson, K., Carpiano RM, Brauer, M. Long-term exposure to air pollution and lung cancer risk: A population-based case-control Study in Canada. Epidemiology, 2103; 24(5):762-72

Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD, Danaei G, Shibuya K, …Brauer M…,Lopez AD, Murray CJL, Ezzati M. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet. 2012; 380(9859); 2224-2260.

Dadvand P, Parker J, Bell ML, Bonzini M, Brauer M, Darrow L, Gehring U, Glinianaia SV, Gouveia N, Ha E, Leem JH, van den Hooven EH, Jalaludin B, Jesdale BM, Lepeule J, Morello-Frosch R, Morgan GG, Pesatori AC, Pierik FH, Pless-Mulloli T, Rich DQ, Sathyanarayana S, Seo J, Slama R, Strickland M, Tamburic L, Wartenberg D, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Woodruff TJ. Maternal Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution and Fetal Growth; A Multi-Country Evaluation of Effect and Heterogeneity. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2013.

Tischer CG, Gref A, Bauer M, Bergström A, Brauer M, Carlsten C, Gehring U, Granell R, Henderson J, Kerkhof M, MacNutt M, Melén E, Standl M, Wickmann M, Heinrich J. Glutathione-S-Transferase (GST) P1, Early Exposure to Mould and Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis in Children from 6 Birth Cohorts. A Meta-Analysis. Allergy. 2013

Winters M, Brauer M, Setton E, Teschke K. Mapping bikeability: A spatial tool to support sustainable travel. Environment and Planning B, Planning and Design. 2013

Wang R, Henderson SB, Sbihi H, Allen RW, Brauer M. Temporal Stability of Land Use Regression Models for Traffic-Related Air Pollution. Atmospheric Environment, 2012. 64: 312-319.

Eenhuizen E, Gehring U, Wijga AH, Smith HA, Fischer PH, Brauer M, Koppelman GH, Kerkhof M, de Jongste JC, Brunekreef B, Hoek G. Traffic related air pollution is related to airway resistance in four-year old children. European Respiratory Journal. 2012.

Cooper MJ, Martin RV,van Donkelaar A, Lamsal L, Brauer M, Brook JR. A satellite-based multi-pollutant index of global air quality. Environmental Science and Technology, 2012.

Anderson HR, Butland B, van Donkelaar A, Brauer M, Strachan DP, Clayton T, van Dingenen R, Amann M, Brunekreef B, Cohen A, Lai C, Martin RV. Satellite-based measurements of ambient air pollution and global variations in childhood asthma prevalence. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2012

Hystad PW, Demers PA, Johnson KC, Brook J, van Donkelaar A, Lamsal L, Martin R, Brauer M. Spatiotemporal air pollution exposure assessment for a Canadian population-based lung cancer case-control study. Environmental Health. 2012

Brauer M, Amman M, Burnett R, Cohen A, Dentener F, Ezzati M, Henderson S, Krzyzanowski M, Martin R, Pandey KD, van Dingenen R, van Donkelaar A, Thurston G on behalf of the Outdoor Air Pollution Expert Working Group of the Global Burden of Disease Project. Exposure assessment for the estimation of the global burden of disease attributable to outdoor air pollution. Environmental Science and Technology, 2012. 46(2):652-60
**Environmental Science and Technology Science Paper of the Year for 2012**

Gan W, Chiarello SA, Brauer M, McLean K, Davies HW. Modeling population exposure to community noise and air pollution in a large metropolitan area. Environmental Research. 2012

Johnston FH, Henderson SB, Chen Y, Randerson JT, Marlier M, Defries RS, Kinney P, Bowman DMJS, Brauer M. Estimated global mortality due to smoke from landscape fires. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2012

Crouse DL, Peters PA, van Donkelaar A, Goldberg MS, Villeneuve PJ, Brion O, Khan S, Atari DO, Jerrett M, Pope CA III, Brauer M, Brook JR, Martin RV, Stieb D, Burnett RT. Risk of Mortality in Relation to Long-term Exposure to Low Concentrations of Fine Particulate Matter: A Canadian National-level Cohort Study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2012

Dr. Brauer’s research emphasis is on the assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution and in the global health impacts of air pollution. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia. He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a member of the Core Analytic Team for the Global Burden of Disease.

AIR POLLUTION POST-DOC AND PHD POSITIONS AVAILABLE

November 12, 2014

We are seeking great candidates for one Post-Doc and 2 PhD positions in air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology at The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Oregon State University (OSU) as part of a major global epidemiologic study (PURE-AIR). The study includes ~200,000 individuals in ~700 communities in ~20 countries and is examining the health impacts of household and outdoor air pollution. If you have any promising students coming up, please put them in touch Michael Brauer or Perry Hystad as soon as possible.

The PostDoc position is specifically focused on coordinating ambient air monitoring and on modelling exposure using measurements and satellite-based estimates developed by the project team. Ideally, the person will be recruited via UBC although there is some flexibility for a position at Oregon State if circumstances require it. They should be willing to spend up to 2 months in summer/fall 2015 at 1-2 field sites in low or middle income countries establishing monitoring sites and developing a protocol for future site establishment. Familiarity with air monitoring instrumentation, troubleshooting and strong organizational skills are necessary. Experience working internationally, with large datasets, and with epidemiologic analyses are also desirable.

We are seeking a PhD student at UBC to work on household air monitoring as part of the same study. This work will involve organizing household monitoring in low and middle income rural study communities by implementation of previously developed measurement protocol (samplers will be shipped to local study coordinators for implementation of the protocol – data will be returned to the study center at UBC for management and processing), data management and analysis, estimation of exposures and application in epidemiologic analyses of chronic diseases (e.g. CVD, stroke, lung function, etc.). Strong quantitative skills and an interest in the topic are essential.

In addition, we are seeking a PhD student at OSU to work on modelling traffic-related air pollution for all 700 PURE community sites, developing protocols/questionnaires to assess traffic exposure in future PURE follow-up activities, and conducting epidemiological analyses of traffic-related exposure and chronic diseases (e.g. CVD, stroke, lung function, etc.). Strong skills in GIS, statistics, programming, and epidemiology are essential.

 

Research Websites:
Traffic Asthma and Genetics (TAG)
Woodstove Exchange Study (WESt)
Border Air Quality Study
Cycling in Cities
SPARTAN: An emerging global PM2.5 network