Faculty Member

Jeffrey R. Brook Ph.D., M.Sc.

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
(416) 739-4916
Office Address
4905 Dufferin St. Can be reached through GOEHU Toronto, ON M3H 5T4
Occupational & Environmental Health Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status

Research Interests

  • environmental health
  • exposure assessment
  • urban air quality
  • health effects studies

Education & Training History

Ph.D. 1991 Air Pollution Meteorology The University of Michigan

M.S. 1988 Atmospheric Science The University of Michigan

Diploma 1983 Meteorology McGill University

B.S. 1982 Physical Sciences Michigan State University

Other Affiliations

Chair of multi-centre CHILD Environment Working Group, overseeing all aspects of the characterization of the environmental exposures of the recruits from pre-natal to age 5.

Expert peer review panel for California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board. Methodology for Estimating Premature Deaths Associated with Long-term Exposures to Fine Airborne Particulate Matter in California (http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/health/pm-mort/pm-mort.htm)

Co-Chair, North American Research Strategy on Tropospheric Ozone. (NARSTO) Assessment on Accountability in a Multipollutant Framework (www.narsto.org).

Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) Steering Committee. http://www.socaar.utoronto.ca/personnel/Management.htmProgramme Leader:

Editorial Board Member, The international journal of Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR), Taiwan.

Research Management Committee, AllerGen Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence, McMaster U., Hamilton, Ontario. http://www.allergen-nce.ca

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Occasional guest lectures

Professional Summary & Appointments

April 2003 to present Senior Research Scientist, Environment Canada, Air Quality Research Division

July 2003 to present Adjunct Professor, Department Chemical Engineering, The University of Toronto

Member Environmental and Occupational Health Scientific Working Group – Ontario Health Study; Jan. 2012 – present

NPACT Review Panel, Health Effects Institute, Boston, MA, August 2011 – present.

Member Environmental Health Working Group for the Sandbox Project, 2010 – present

Study executive committee, Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort study. AllerGen: Genes and Environment. Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence, McMaster U., Hamilton, Ontario.

AllerGen Centre of Excellence Programme A: Genes and Environment, Co-Leader. http://www.allergen-nce.ca

Honours & Awards

Citation of Excellence in the Teamwork, Partnering and Collaboration category, Environment Canada, May 2012

Citation of Excellence, Environment Canada, May 8, 2003.

Current Research Projects

Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Plan – Air Quality Processes Co-I. J. Brook, $4.6M from Environment Canada.

Better Exposure Avoidance Measures (BEAM). P.I. J. R. Brook. $200k from AllerGen Network of Centres of Excellence, McMaster University

Gene and Environment Platform J.R. Brook co-leader. AllerGen Network of Centres of Excellence at McMaster University is $6K per year.

ALMITEE-Aerosol Sources and Processes: project wind-down. P.I.: J.R. Brook. Funding is $91K from Natural Resources Canada under the Program on Energy Research and Development.

Air Pollution and Cardio-Metabolic Disease (AIRCMD). P.I. S. Rajagopalan, Ohio State University. Dr. Brook is acting as a consultant to the project. Funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health RO1, $1.5M USD.

Black carbon emissions from energy efficient gasoline engines. P.I.: J. Brook. Funding from Natural Resources Canada ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. $70k

Representative Publications

Chen H, Burnett RT, Kwong JC, Villeneuve PJ, Goldberg MS, Brook RD, van Donkelaar A, Jerrett M, Martin RV, Kopp A., Brook JR, Copes R. Spatial Association Between Ambient Fine Particulate Matter And Incident Hypertension, Circulation (submitted).

Sbihi H., Brook J.R., Allen R.W.,. Curran J.H., Dell S., Mandhane P., Scott J.A.,. Sears M.R., Subbarao P.,. Takaro T.K., Turvey S.E.,. Wheeler A.J.,l Brauer M. A new exposure metric for traffic-related air pollution? An analysis of determinants of Hopanes in settled indoor house dust. Environmental Health (submitted).

Brook J.R., Levy I., Mihele C. (2013) From near-road to urban background”: Lessons learned from mobile lab monitoring. Environmental Manager (accepted)

Brook RD, Cakmak S, Turner MC, Brook JR, Crouse DL, Peters PA, van Donkelaar A, Villeneuve PJ, Brion O, Jerrett M, Martin RV, Rajagopalan S, Goldberg MS, Pope III CA, Burnett RT. Long-Term Fine Particulate Matter Exposure and Mortality from Diabetes Mellitus in Canada. Diabetes Care 2013 (in press)

Chen H, Burnett RT, Kwong JC, Villeneuve PJ, Goldberg MS, Brook RD, van Donkelaar A, Jerrett M, Martin RV, Brook JR, Copes R. Risk of Incident Diabetes in Relation to Long-term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter in Ontario, Canada Environ Health Perspect (): .doi:10.1289/ehp.1205958.

Brook J.R., Makar P.A., Sills D.M.L., Hayden K.L, McLaren R., (2013) Exploring the nature of air quality over southwestern Ontario: Main findings from the Border Air Quality and Meteorology Study. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 13, 11111-11166.

Zhang J., Fan X., Graham L., Chan T.W., Brook J.R. (2013) Evaluation of an annular denuder system for carbonaceous aerosol sampling of diesel engine emissions. J. Air and Waste Management Association, 63, 87-99.

Levy, I., Mihele, C., Lu, G., Narayan, J., Hilker, N., and Brook, J. R.: Elucidating multipollutant exposure across a complex metropolitan area by systematic deployment of a mobile laboratory, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 12, 31585-31627, doi:10.5194/acpd-12-31585-2012, 2012.

Hystad P., Demers P.A., Johnson K.C., Brook J.R., van Donkelaar A., Lamsal L., Martin R., Brauer M. (2012) Spatiotemporal air pollution exposure assessment for a Canadian population-based lung cancer case-control study. Environmental Health, 11:22. http://www.ehjournal.net/content/11/1/22.

Knox A., Mykhaylova N., Evans G.J., Lee C.J., Kamey B., Brook J.R. (2013) The expanding scope of air pollution monitoring can facilitate sustainable development. Sci Total Environ, 448, 189–196.

Morin A., Brook J.R., Duchaine C., Laprise C. (2012) Association study of genes associated to asthma in a specific environment, in an asthma familial collection located in a rural area influenced by different industries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (in press).

Gordon, M., R. Staebler, J. Liggio, P. Makar, J. Brook, S. Li, J. Wentzell, G. Lu, and P. Lee, 2012: Measurements of enhanced turbulent mixing near highways. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 51, 1618–1632.

Cooper M.J., Martin R.V., van Donkelaar A., Lamsal L., Brauer M., Brook J.R. (2012) A satellite-based multi-pollutant index of global air quality, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 8523−8524.