David G. Penney, Ph.D
Professor of Physiology and Occupational & Environmental Health, Director of Surgical Research, Consultant on: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. David has been an expert witness in countless carbon monoxide cases throughout the world. He has also recently advised the W.H.O. on the lower limits of indoor ambiant Carbon Monoxide.
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David George Penney, Ph.D.
Dr. Penney was Professor of Physiology, and Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health in the School of Medicine, Wayne State University. He is also Director of General Surgical Research at Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI, where he directed the scholarly activities of 19 surgical residents and ten attending staff physicians.
Dr. Penney obtained his bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University, 1963, and his master of science and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1966 and 1969, respectively. Before coming to WSU in 1977, he was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
His research interests in toxicology include carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning, in cardiology normal and abnormal heart growth and hypertension, and in stroke strategies for lessening the neural damage of acute cerebral ischemia and hypoxia. Nevertheless, his dominant interest throughout his career has been in carbon monoxide, to which his more than 60 scientific papers on the topic attest. His work constitutes more published work on carbon monoxide by one person than anyone else in the world!
He has especial interests in the medical / scientific aspects of carbon monoxide toxicology, domestic and industrial. While he is intimately familiar with the effects of acute CO poisonings, he is also one of a few experts in the world on chronic, low-level CO poisoning, often the most difficult to diagnose, treat, and prove. The use of a customized, portable computer database on the world's CO literature makes the task of researching such poisonings much simpler and quicker.
Dr. Penney has been a member of select panels convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1979 and again in 1989 to set standards for CO in outside air in the U.S. In the summer of 1997, he was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to work with eleven other experts from around the world in Europe to develop CO standards for the whole world.
In the spring of 1998, Dr. Penney journeyed to Australia to assist the Australian Medical Association in developing the means to prevent suicides involving carbon monoxide poisoning from motor vehicles. More recently, he was invited to England by the group CO Support to present a talk on chronic CO poisoning.
During the past recent years, he has turned his energies increasingly to information technology in education.