Kevin A. Brown

Assistant Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, my infectious disease research has focused on healthcare-associated infections, including C. difficile infection and antimicrobial resistance. During the pandemic, my work has been focused on understanding SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the long-term care settings and in neighbourhoods, and developing efficient vaccination strategies to maximize population level benefits in the context of large inequities in COVID-19 burden. Layered over this is an interest in efficient statistical models for combining routine public health surveillance data with genomic markers to understand disease dynamics in real time.

Pandemic Related Publications

Brown KA, Jones A, Daneman N, et al. Association Between Nursing Home Crowding and COVID-19 Infection and Mortality in Ontario, Canada. JAMA Intern Med 2021; 181:229. Available at:   

Brown KA, Gubbay J, Hopkins J, et al. S-Gene Target Failure as a Marker of Variant B.1.1.7 Among SARS-CoV-2 Isolates in the Greater Toronto Area, December 2020 to March 2021. JAMA 2021; 325:2115. Available at: 

Brown KA, Soucy J-PR, Buchan SA, et al. The mobility gap: estimating mobility thresholds required to control SARS-CoV-2 in Canada. CMAJ 2021; 193:E592–E600. Available at: 

Selected COVID-19 related reports 

Brown KA, Stall NM, Joh E, et al. A Strategy for the Mass Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines in Ontario Based on Age and Neighbourhood. Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, 2021. Available at:  

Brown KA, Stall NM, Vanniyasingam T, et al. Early Impact of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout on Long-Term Care Home Residents and Health Care Workers. Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, 2021. Available at: 



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