The Center for Research and Education in Women's Health (CREWH), established in 1997, promotes the health of women of all ages using a multidisciplinary approach. CREWH includes researchers and educators from a variety of disciplines who share a common interest in better understanding factors that affect women's health throughout the lifecycle. The center unites scientists and scholars from many UMass schools and departments, including Public Health, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Anthropology, Psychology, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
CREWH promotes women's health in a variety of ways:
Research: Center members conduct scientific research related to promoting and improving the health of women and girls across the life span.
Education: the Center offers seminars and conferences on women's health for the University and greater community.
Training: the Center sponsors internships and fellowships for student trainees in women's health.
Community Outreach: Center members actively maintain research and education partnerships with community organizations and individuals interested in women's health.
Brian Whitcomb, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health was recently awarded a Baystate Collaborative Biomedical Research Pilot grant for his study “Longitudinal cytokines in normal pregnancy”.
The goal of the study is to determine if maternal levels of inflammation change throughout pregnancy. Previous research has evaluated inflammation at a single time point during pregnancy, but few studies have assessed normal levels of inflammation throughout the course of pregnancy. Dr. Whitcomb, in collaboration with colleagues at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, hopes to close this research gap and clarify how inflammation varies throughout gestation.
During the study, twenty women will be recruited in the first trimester of pregnancy at Baystate Medical Center. Blood samples will be collected at 6 regularly scheduled prenatal care visits starting late in the first trimester and ending at the time of delivery. Dr. Whitcomb and colleagues will then determine the patterns of inflammation that occur in healthy pregnancy.
Determining normal patterns of pregnancy-related inflammation is a critical first step in research to determine how abnormalities in patterns of inflammation may affect outcomes of pregnancy and child health and wellbeing. Increased understanding of inflammation and immune function in pregnancy has significance as a potential tool to monitor pregnant women, and for future development of treatment and prevention strategies.
Aline Gubrium, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education, has just received funding for a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation for a collaborative project titled “Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice.” Read more...
Lisa Wexler, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education, has been awarded a grant of $149,595 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The study was funded through NSF’s Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) program.
Susan Hankinson, Professor of Epidemiology, is featured as the UMass Amherst "Spotlight Scholar." Her breast cancer research landed her a prestigious spot as a Susan G. Komen for the Cure Scholar.
To review the 2011-2012 Annual Report for CREWH click here
To review the 2010-2011 Annual Report for CREWH click here