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CRF supports interdisciplinary, scientific collaborations aimed at understanding the diversity, health and well-being of families while discovering solutions to the challenges family face.

Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson (Stress Group) Appointed Chair of Health Promotion and Policy

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has announced the appointment of Professor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson as Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. Bertone-Johnson is a member of the CRF Stress Research Group and a Principal Investigator. ​Beginning as an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, she has taken on numerous leadership roles within the department prior to her role as interim chair of Health Promotion and Policy.

Kathleen Arcaro (FRS '12-'13) and team awarded $3.1 million NIH grant for breast cancer risk study

Kathleen Arcaro (FRS '12-'13) as well as a UMass research team has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to measure the impact of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables on the breast cancer risk of lactating women.

The New Moms Wellness Study will use breastmilk to assess whether eating at least eight to ten daily servings of deeply pigmented and nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables reduces biomarkers of breast cancer risk. The researchers hypothesize that fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce inflammation during lactation and weaning, thus lowering the Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer (PABC) risk.