Brian Curwin, Ph.D.
Brian Curwin has worked in the field of exposure assessment for over 20 years. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Branch Chief of the Industrywide Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He has conducted several studies assessing occupational exposure to pesticides, including investigations of take-home pesticide exposure among farmers and their families, and pesticide exposure among tobacco harvesters; to nano-sized metal oxide particles in manufacturing; and to diacetyl and other chemicals in the flavoring and food production industries. Currently, he is the principle investigator of a study assessing exposure to pesticides among sugarcane workers in Central America. Prior to coming to NIOSH in April 2000, Dr. Curwin worked as a regulatory scientist for 5 years conducting occupational pesticide exposure assessments for the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada. Dr. Curwin received a Master of Science degree in occupational health from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1994 and his Doctorate degree in exposure assessment from Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands in 2006. He has presented at numerous ISES conferences, and has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. Dr. Curwin has received the U.S. Civil Service Special Act Award (2002), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service (2002), the Treasury Board of Canada Award of Excellence (1999) and the Health Canada Departmental Award of Merit (1998). He has also been nominated for the Charles C. Sheppard Science Award for Outstanding Peer Reviewed Research Papers (2003) and received an Alice Hamilton Award honorable mention for Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health (2007), and a Bullard-Sherwood Award for Research to Practice, Knowledge Category (2011). Dr. Curwin has been an active member of ISES since 1997. He was a councilor representing the government sector on the ISES board 2009-2011, was the chair of the ISES board Nominations Committee from 2010-2015, was on the technical organizing committee for ISES 2011, 2014, 2015 annual meetings, and was the co-chair of ISES 2012 annual meeting.