Stuart M. Brooks, M.D.
Education and History
Came to USF
B.S. University of Cincinnati, 1962
M.D. University of Cincinnati, 1968
Dr. Brooks completed a sabbatical in 2010 examining the molecular biology of ion channels classified as TRP (Transient Receptor Potential) especially as it relates to persistent cough. A hypothesis of Dr. Brooks explains irritant-induced chronic cough in humans presumably by ionic channels that are in some way altered by repeated or prolonged exposures to various irritating gases, vapors, dusts, and fumes. During such a complex process neuronal cells become sensitized and manifest greater electrical excitability. Nerve growth factor levels increases and becomes a signaling mechanism in both an autocrine and paracrine manner.