Doug Brugge, PhD (Affiliate)


Community Medicine and Health Care

Research Overview

For over a decade, I have directed the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health, a series of community-based participatory research projects funded by NIEHS, NHLBI, NLM, EPA, HUD and the Kresge Foundation. CAFEH has published over 50 academic papers on traffic-related ultrafine particle pollution and their association with health in the Boston area. I have worked in community-collaborations with many neighborhoods, including Boston Chinatown and the City of Somerville. I have over 150 publications on how traffic-related pollution, secondhand tobacco smoke, housing conditions, uranium mining and other environmental exposures affect health.


BA Washington University 1982
PhD Harvard University 1987
MS Harvard School of Public Health 1988

Martinez LS, Zamore W, Finley A, Reisner E, Lowe L, Brugge D. CBPR partnerships and near roadway pollution: A promising strategy to influence the translation of research into practice. Environments. 2020; 7:44.

Nephew B, Nemeth A, Hudda N, Beamer G, Mann P, Petitto J, Cali R, Kulkarni P, Febo M, Poirier G, King J, Durant JL, Brugge D. Traffic-related particulate matter affects behavior, inflammation, and neural integrity in a developmental rodent model. Environmental Research. 2020; 183:1092422.

Simon MC, Naumova EN, Levy JI, Brugge D, Durant JL. An Ultrafine Particle Number Concentration Model for Estimating Retrospective and Prospective Long-Term Ambient Exposures in Urban Neighborhoods. Environmental Science & Technology. 2020; 54:1677−1686.

Fuller CH, Appleton AA, Bulsara PJ, O’Neill MS, Chang HH, Sarnat JA, Falcón LM, Tucker KL, Brugge D: Sex differences in the interaction of short-term particulate matter exposure and psychosocial stress on C-reactive protein in a Puerto Rican cohort. Social Science & Medicine- Population Health. 2019; 9:100500

Wong C, Wu H-C, Cleary EG, Patton AP, Xie A, Grinstein G, Koch-Weser S, Brugge D. Visualizing air pollution: Communication of environmental health information in a Chinese immigrant community, Journal of Health Communication. 2019; 24:339-358.

Thanikachalam M, Fuller CH, Lane KJ, Sunderarajan J, Harivanzan V, Brugge D, Thanikachalam S. Urban environment as an independent predictor of insulin resistance in a South Asian population. Int J Health Geogr. 2019; 18:5.

Walker DI, Lane KJ, Liu K, Uppal K, Patton A, Durant JL, Jones DP, Brugge D, Pennell KD. Metabolomic assessment of exposure to near-highway ultrafine particles. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. 2019; 29:469–483.

Brugge D, Tracy M, Thayer K, Thayer A, Dayer B, Figueroa N, Kurtz-Rossi S. The role of environmental health literacy when developing traffic pollution fact sheets for Puerto Rican adults. Environmental Justice, 2018, 11:40-46.

Brugge D, Simon MC, Hudda N, Zellmer M, Corlin L, Cleland S, Lu EY, Rivera S, Byrne M, Chung M, Durant JL. Lessons from in-home air filtration intervention trials to reduce urban ultrafine particle number concentrations. Building and Environment, 2017, 126;266–275.

Winde F, Brugge D, Nidecker A, Ruegg U. Uranium from Africa – an overview on past and current mining activities: re-appraising associated risks and chances in a global context. Journal of African Earth Sciences 2017, 129: 1e20

Lane KJ, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Peters JL, Patton AP, Reisner, Lowe L, Durant JL, Zamore W, Brugge D. Association of modeled long-term individual exposure to ultrafine particles with inflammatory and coagulation biomarkers, Environment International, 2016, 92–93: 173–182.

Panikkar B, Brugge D, Gute DM, Hyatt RR. “They See Us As Machines:” The Experience of Recent Immigrant Women in the Low Wage Informal Labor Sector. PLoS ONE, 10: e0142686.

Fullerton SM, Anderson EE, Cowan K, Malen RC, Brugge D. Awareness of Federal Regulatory Mechanisms Relevant to Community-Engaged Research: Survey of Health Disparities-Oriented NIH-Funded Investigators. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 2015; 10:13–21.

Corlin L, Woodin M, Thanikachalam M, Lowe L, Brugge D. Evidence for the healthy immigrant effect in older Chinese immigrants: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2014, 14:603.

Dustov A, Mirojov G, Yakubova M, Umarov S, Ishankulova D, Eliasziw M, Brugge D. Uranium mine proximity, immune function and Helicobacter pylori infection in Tajikistan. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: Current Issues 2013, 76:1261–1268.

Martinez LS, Ndulue UJ, Seller S, Gute DM, Brugge D, Peréa FC. All public health is local: Revisiting the importance of local sanitation through the eyes of youth. American Journal of Public Health 2012; 102:1058-1060.

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