Dr. Brenner is a molecular cancer epidemiologist in the Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. His research is focused on the intersection of lifestyle, genetics and molecular pathways in the development of several cancers. Dr. Brenner is currently leading studies to examine the utility of biomarkers in the prediction of cancer risk. We are also examining the impact of lifestyle (obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, poor nutrition) and environmental factors on relevant genetic and molecular pathways in colorectal, breast and lung cancer risk.

Dr. Brenner has been leading efforts to estimate the current and future (up to 2045) burden of cancer on all known lifestyle (tobacco consumption and exposure, dietary factors, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, obesity, sexually transmitted infections and hormone use) and environmental (air pollution, water contaminants, radon, UV radiation) factors on cancer incidence in Canada.

Current Appointments

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

Adjunct 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