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Jason Curran

PhD
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Jason Curran
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Thesis: Effects of acute diesel exhaust exposure on brain health: a controlled, human exposure study
Degrees: BSc, BJourn, MPH
Committee Members:
  • Dr. Hugh Davies
  • Dr. Mike Brauer
  • Dr. Lara Boyd
  • Dr. Nancy Fiedler

Awards & Scholarships

  • David Bates Scholarship Award (Air pollution research), 2011
  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, January 2011 – December 2014
  • Bridge CIHR Strategic Training Fellowship, University of British Columbia, September 2011 - April 2013
  • Travel and Minor Research Award Research award
  • Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 2008
  • European Union Visitors Programme, EU-Canada, April 2008
  • Gold Key Society, University of Alberta, 2000

Biography

Jason is currently a PhD student at the School of Population and Public Health, within UBC's Faculty of Medicine, and Bridge CIHR Strategic Training Fellow. His current research examines the effects of air pollution on cognitive function. He holds a MPH from Simon Fraser University, as well as degrees in journalism and biological sciences. As well as being a former journalist, Jason worked in communications for the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver, and Capital Health in Edmonton.

Research

Current research interests: Epidemiology, exposure assessment, neurotoxicity and cognitive systems. Under the supervision of Dr. Chris Carlsten, completed a Health Canada-funded pilot study examining the acute effects of diesel exhaust on executive function and general cognition (March 2012). A full study, EAPOC (Effects of Air Pollution on Cognition), is currently underway.

Work Experience

 

         

Research Assistant

University of British Columbia

School of Population and Public Health Faculty of Medicine

01/2015

12/2015

Sessional Instructor (HSCI 845: Occupational and Environmental Health)

Simon Fraser University

Faculty of Health Science

09/2012

12/2012

Research Assistant

University of British Columbia

School of Population and Public Health Faculty of Medicine

04/2011

 04/2012

Teaching Assistant (SPPH 567: Quantitative Methods for the Asssessment and Analysis of Exposure Data)

University of British Columbia

School of Population and Public Health Faculty of Medicine

01/2012

04/2012

Research Assistant

Simon Fraser University

Faculty of Health Sciences

05/2009

02/2011

Senior communications specialist and researcher

David Suzuki Foundation

Health and environment, sustainability

11/2005

05/2010

Public affairs officer

Capital Health Authority 

Head Office

06/2004

11/2005

Publications

Curran, J. H., Ward, H. D., Shum, M., & Davies, H. W. (2013). Reducing cardiovascular health impacts from traffic-related noise and air pollution: intervention strategies. Environmental Health Review. 56(02): 31-38. 

Sbihi, H., Brook, J. R., Allen, R. W., Curran, J. H., Dell, S., Mandhane, P., Brauer, M.. (2013). A new exposure metric for traffic-related air in settled indoor house dust.. Environmental Health. 12(48): 12-48. 

Konya T, Ewaze JO, Urch B, Shu H, Curran J, Speck M, Allen R, Brook J, Diamond M, Evans G, Takaro T, Wheeler A, and Scott JA. (2012). Development and validation of the TefTex electrostatic wipe for indoor dust sampling. Healthy Buildings, 4H9, 1–5. 

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