Dr. Paul Brown graduated from Harvard College and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is a Board-Certified Internist. He retired in 2004 from the National Institutes of Health, where he had worked for 40 years in the Laboratory of Central Nervous System Studies led by Nobel Laureate Carleton Gajdusek.
He is best known for his extensive work on the epidemiology of Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease (especially its iatrogenic occurrence), but also for laboratory studies of its pathogenesis and means of tissue disinfection. He is an author or co-author of over 400 publications, and has chaired numerous TSE advisory committees, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. and French Red Cross organizations, the Biosafety Alliance Foundation, the European Network of Excellence, and the World Health Organization. He has contributed his expertise to the CJD Foundation from its beginnings and has lent his knowledge and support to many of its families over the ensuing years.