Dr. Joel Brind (born 1950) is a biochemist who has specialized in reproductive steroid hormones and their links to human diseases since 1972. A graduate of Yale College in 1971, he earned his Ph.D. in basic medical science from New York University in 1981. Since 1986, Dr. Brind has been a Professor of Human Biology and Endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of NY.
In 1992, Dr. Brind came across the link between abortion and breast cancer ("ABC"), finding studies going back as far as 1957, buried in medical journals. Since that time, he devoted most of his research effort to studying and promoting awareness of what has come to be known as the "ABC link." In 1996, along with colleagues from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Dr. Brind published a "comprehensive review and meta-analysis" on the ABC link in the British Medical Association's epidemiology journal.
In 1999, along with three physician colleagues, Dr. Brind founded the nonprofit Breast Cancer Prevention Institute in Poughkeepsie, New York. In 2003, he was appointed to a three-year term on the federal advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the early detection and control of breast and cervical cancer. His most recent paper, which critically reviews ABC-link research published over the last decade, appears in the winter 2005 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.