Michael D. Brown, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM, is a renowned researcher in the field of exercise science, particularly hypertension in African Americans. His area of specialty is exercise as a preventive and treatment strategy for hypertension in African Americans, endothelial cell function. His research uses human and cell models to understand the molecular mechanisms of hypertension and vascular dysfunction in African Americans, and the roles diet and exercise play in modulating those mechanisms.
Dr. Brown comes to Auburn University from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he was a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences. In 2014 he was appointed to be Core Faculty for the Institute for Minority Health Research at UIC. Prior to his time at UIC, Dr. Brown was an Associate Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia for six years. Dr. Brown was also an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland from 1998 to 2006.
Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland in 1995 under Dr. James Hagberg. He went on to be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan under Drs. Mark Supiano, Jeffrey Halter, and Don Dengel at the School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics Division, and at the Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Brown earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University at Long Beach.
Dr. Brown is an active member of the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology (2014), American College of Sports Medicine (2008), and the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research (2001).
Dr. Brown has 59 scholarly articles published in peer reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology Metabolism, Journal of Applied Physiology, and Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. One such article from 2000, “Insulin sensitivity in postmenopausal women: independent and combined associations with hormone replacement, cardiovascular fitness, and body composition,” published in Diabetes Care, has an Impact Factor of 7.14. Another article, “Improvement of insulin sensitivity by short-term exercise training in hypertensive African Americans,” published in Hypertension in 1997, has an impact Factor of 6.908. Dr. Brown has numerous other articles with an Impact Factor over 4.
“We are so excited that Dr. Brown will be joining our team in the School of Kinesiology and as a member of the University’s Health Disparities research group,” said School of Kinesiology Director Mary Rudisill, Ph.D. “His outstanding training and background have positioned him to be one of the top researchers on Auburn University’s campus. We look forward to all the great contributions he will make in advancing our understanding of health disparities related to cardiovascular disease.”
Auburn University Office of the Provost initiated a Strategic Cluster Hire in Health Disparities “to improve health in the community, state, region, nation, and world by identifying, understanding, and addressing health needs and health disparities. A special focus of the cluster is on the disadvantaged segments of these populations, which are often underserved by existing health care systems due to historically unequal treatment or injustice.”