Content Expert: David J. Brenner, DSc, PhD
David J. Brenner, DSc, PhD, is Professor of Radiation Oncology and Public Health in the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also the director of the Columbia University Radiological Research Accelerator Facility (RARAF) and a Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). Dr. Brenner's research focuses on understanding the effects of ionizing radiation on living systems at the molecular, cellular, and human levels. He applies this research both to the effects of low levels of radiation (such as environmental radiation or diagnostic X-rays) and the effects of high doses of radiation with the goal of improving cancer radiotherapy protocols. Along with publishing more than 170 papers in peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Brenner has authored two books on radiation for lay audiences : Making the Radiation Therapy Decision (W.H. Freeman, 1989) and Radon, Risk and Remedy (Lowell House, 1996). In 1991, Dr. Brenner was the recipient of the Radiation Research Society's Annual Research Award. In 1992, Dr. Brenner received the NCRP Award for Radiation Protection in Medicine.