The Contested Illnesses Research Group (CIRG) was begun by Phil Brown in 1999 at Brown University. CIRG studies environmental factors in disease, health social movements, community-based participatory research, and research ethics, and carries out many community engagement projects with environmental groups and government agencies. .CIRG continues with Phil Brown co-directing it with Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. CIRG includes faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, and has a long history of major funded projects.
Follow this link to the Contested Illnesses Research Group website, where there is a list of projects and publications, as well as biographical sketches of members.