Darren Brenner

Dr. Darren Brenner



Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology

Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Director of Research

Forzani & MacPhail Colorectal Cancer Screening Centre


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute


O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute


Robson DNA Science Centre

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.698.8178

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Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy Epidemiology, University of Toronto, 2012

MSc Applied Health Sciences (Epidemiology), Brock University, 2008

BSc (Hon) Health Sciences, Brock University, 2006


Dr. Darren Brenner is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. He holds the Armstrong Investigatorship in Molecular Cancer Epidemiology at the Cumming School of Medicine. He is the Director of Research at the Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre and the Director for the Cancer Screening, Detection and Risk Reduction Program in the Charbonneau Institute. He is the current co-chair for the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee and Advisor for the OncoSim All-Cancers Microsimulation Model. Dr. Brenner leads a research program at the University of Calgary focused on using big data and precision health analytics to model cancer risk and outcomes. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed articles to date and is passionate about using data to and analytics to improve the cancer future in Canada.


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Outcomes Research
Summary of Research

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. He is 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.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
MDCH 742 Advanced Topics In Epidemiology


  • William E Rawls Prize, Canadian Cancer Society. 2019
  • Alberta Early Career Award in Oncology Research, Alberta Cancer Research Conference. 2021
  • Young Scholar Award, Department of Oncology . 2017