Environmental and Occupational Health

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Stuart M. Brooks, M.D.

Professor

Contact Info

Office: MHH 302
Voice Mail: (813) 974-6626
Fax: (813) 974-4544
Email: sbrooks@health.usf.edu
 Education and History

Came to USF

1986

Education

B.S. University of Cincinnati, 1962
M.D. University of Cincinnati, 1968

Discipline

Occupational Medicine

Specialization

Respiratory Disorders

Research Interests

Occupational Asthma
Irritant-Induced Asthma
Reactive Airways
Dysfunction
Syndrome

Other Information

Curriculum Vitae

 Biography

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.