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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.

Laura Vandenberg (FRS '15-'16) Named One of the World’s Most Highly Cited Scientists

London based Clarivate Analytics, owner of the Web of Science, annually identifies influential researchers with high citation marks all over the world. This year, ten UMass Amherst researchers were recognized for their high citation rates including CRF Family Research Scholar, Laura Vandenberg (2015-16). 

Pilsner (FRS 15-16) Leads Cross-disciplinary Team Examining Fertility Impacts of Male Environmental Exposure

A cross-disciplinary team of scientists, led by Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Former Family Research scholar Richard Pilsner, will use a three-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to expand research into the impact of phthalate exposure on male fertility. Phthalates are ubiquitous endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastics and personal care products, such as deodorant and shaving cream. Virtually all people in the U.S. have some level of phthalate exposure.