Darren Brenner is a cancer epidemiologist with over a decade of experience conducting observational and intervention research on chronic disease risk and survival. Darren currently leads a program of research at the University of Calgary focused on using big data and precision health analytics to examine cancer risk and outcomes. To date he has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals in the areas of oncology and epidemiology. He is sought out for his epidemiologic expertise in the areas of cancer epidemiology and cancer outcomes research. Darren has led several large multi-centered analyses of observational (real world) datasets as well as numerous systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses in the oncology space. His team is actively engaged in studying the impact of genetic and molecular markers on the prediction of risk and treatment response for several solid tumors. He was the co-lead of the Canadian Population Attributable Risk of Cancer (ComPARe) project that was a comprehensive set of analyses examining the current and future burden of cancer in Canada related to all known modifiable cancer risk factors. In 2019 he was selected as the co-recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s William E. Rawls Prize recognizing a young investigator whose outstanding contributions have the potential to lead to or have already led to important advances in cancer control in Canada.

He completed his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Toronto with a specialization in genetic epidemiology followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization in Lyon France.

Current Appointments

Affiliated Research Scientist
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Alberta Health Services – CancerControl Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

Assistant Professor
Department of Oncology and Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Education and Training

  • 2013-2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Population Health Research, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Genetic Epidemiology Group, Section of Genetics, International Agency for Research on Cancer. Lyon, France
  • 2008-2012 PhD, Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • 2006-2008 MSc, Applied Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
  • 2002-2004 BSc, Health Sciences (Honours), Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada