Curtis Noonan received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health with a specialization in Epidemiology from Colorado State University in 2000. He is also a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1989) and the George Washington University (M.A., 1995). After receiving his Ph.D., Curtis worked as an epidemiologist at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta. In 2004, he was hired as Assistant Professor for Epidemiology in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of Pharmacy Practice.
Dr. Noonan’s laboratory is focused on the human health effects of exposures to environmental agents. His current research includes the investigation of the impact of biomass smoke exposure on the respiratory health of susceptible human populations. One of his studies is the first randomized trial in the US to utilize a woodstove intervention to assess the impact of the consequent reductions in indoor particulate matter on health outcomes in a susceptible population. In addition to clinically-relevant health outcomes measures among asthmatic children, his laboratory investigates sub-clinical biomarkers of respiratory inflammation and oxidative stress. Another study conducted by Dr. Noonan tracks a community-wide woodstove changeout program and evaluates the impact on ambient levels of particulate matter and children’s health. He is also actively engaged in identifying reliable biomarkers of exposure to biomass smoke. The results of these and similar studies will be translatable to other regions in the US and the world where biomass burning is commonly used for heating and cooking and is a large contributor to global burden of disease. Dr. Noonan is also actively engaged in studying environmental risk factors for diabetes and asthma among Northern Plains Native American populations.
McNamara ML, Semmens EO, Gaskill S, Palmer C, Noonan CW, Ward T. Base Camp Personnel Exposure to Particulate Matter During Wildland Fire Suppression Activities. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene 2012;9:149-56.
Noonan CW, Ward TJ, Navidi W, Sheppard L. A rural community intervention targeting biomass combustion sources: effects on air quality and reporting of children’s respiratory outcomes. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2012;69:354-360.
Noonan CW, Navidi W, Sheppard L, Palmer CP, Bergauff M, Hooper K, Ward TJ. Residential indoor PM2.5 in wood stove homes: follow-up of the Libby changeout program. Indoor Air 2012, doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0668.2012.00790.x NIHMSID: 380310
Noonan CW and Ward TJ. Asthma randomized trial of indoor wood smoke (ARTIS): Rationale and Methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2012;33:1080-87. NIHMSID: 389296
Brown B, Noonan CW, Harris KJ, Parker M, Wilson T, Gaskill S, Ricci C, Cobbs G, Gress S, Top Sky W. Developing and Piloting the Journey to Native Youth Health Program in Northern Plains Indian Communities. Diabetes Educator 2013. (In Press).
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