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Brandon Brown

Assistant Professor, Center for Healthy Communities
Ph.D.,Johns Hopkins bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010
M.P.H., Epidemiology, UCLA, 2006

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown is a health services researcher and assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities Department of Social Medicine and Population health at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. He is creating new education and research initiatives within the center and partnering with local community centers and public health practitioners to build a robust service and research portfolio focused on HIV, HPV, and bioethics. Brown is the chair of the board of directors of TruEvolution, a member of the UCR HIV/AIDS Committee, and he sits on the UCR institutional review board.

His research interests include both the local and global impact and ethics of prevention of human papillomavirus virus (HPV) other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, as well as ethical issues related to payment in research. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), FHI360, Merck Pharmaceuticals, UC Riverside, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct his research, working closely with community partners.

Brown arrived at UCR in July 2015 after working for four years at the University of California, Irvine. His research activities included epidemiological work on HIV and HPV-related disease, and cancer prevention among underserved populations including female sex workers and men who have sex with men and transgender women in Peru, Mexico and Nigeria. He was founder and director of the Global Health Research Education and Translation program and a faculty mentor for the California Alliance for Minority Participation program.

He earned his bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, followed by a M.P.H. in epidemiology from UCLA. He then attended the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to earn his Ph.D. in international health with a focus on epidemiology, then conducted his postdoctoral work in global health back at UCLA. Brandon received additional training through the UCLA CHIME/RCMAR program, as a HPTN Scholar, at the Fordham HIV Research Ethics Training Institute, and the Hastings Center for Bioethics.

Brown is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the International Society of Vaccines, the Global Health Council, American Public Health Association, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the UC Global Health Institute. He has authored over 80 publications with over 600 citations, and is a regular reviewer for high impact journals. He often engages the public on his research through oral presentations, newspaper and print media, and digital media.

Selected Publications

  • Brown B, Poteat T, Marg L, Galea J.  Tonia Poteat. Human Papillomavirus Related Cancer Surveillance, Prevention, and Screening Among Transgender Men and Women: Neglected Populations at High Risk. LGBT Health. October 2017.
  • Brown B, Ishak M, Pellman H. Reasons for acceptance or refusal of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in a California pediatric practice. Papillomavirus Research 2017; 3:42-45.
  • Gardner AT, Napier R, Brown B. Risk factors for “late to test” HIV diagnosis in Riverside County, California. Medicine 2016 Sep;95(39):e5021.
  • Brown B, LeComte-Hinely J, Brinkman D, MacCarthy S, Sullivan G. Barriers to routine HIV testing in healthcare settings and potential solutions from the get tested Coachella Valley campaign. JAIDS 2016; 71 (5).
  • Brown B, Galea JT, Davidson P, Khoshnood K. Transparency of participant incentives in HIV research. Lancet HIV 2016 Oct;3(10):e456-7.
  • Brown B, Galea JT Byraiah G, Poteat T, Leon SR, Calvo G, Sanchez H, Coates T, Klausner JT. Anogenital Human Papillomavirus Infection and HIV Infection Outcomes Among Peruvian Transgender Women: Results from a Cohort Study.  Transgender Health May 2016, 1(1): 94-98
  • Brown B, Davtyan M, Fisher C. Peruvian FSW ethical perspectives on their participation in an HPV vaccine clinical trial. Ethics and Behavior 2015; 25(2): 115-128.

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