Doctoral candidate Doughty attends conference, wins award from UMass Center for Research on Families

November 13, 2014

Doughty receiving her award at the CRF Annual Research Dinner in November 2014.
From left: Kimberly Doughty and Associate Director of the CRF Wendy Varner.
(Photo courtesy: UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families)

Kimberly Doughty, a doctoral candidate in Nutrition working with Assistant Professor Lindiwe Sibeko, was recently selected to present her dissertation work at the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) conference, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The ISRHML brings together presentations by experts in the field to address a wide scope of interrelated issues ranging from human milk physiology and immunological function, impact on infant gut microbiome to public health implications on maternal and child health outcomes. Doughty presented her paper entitled “Low breastfeeding intensity is associated with rapid weight gain among infants in the U.S.”

Doughty's travel was funded through a UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) Travel Award, which supported her attendance of the ISRHML conference. The CRF award is provided to “students who demonstrated advanced research skills in family related fields and whose research was selected by prominent conferences for presentation."

“I am extremely proud of Kim’s accomplishments. Receiving the highly competitive CRF award and being selected for an oral presentation at the prestigious ISHRML conference are both incredible honors. Kim is a conscientious and diligent student. It has been a pleasure to serve as the chair of her doctoral committee," says Dr. Sibeko.

Read more about the CRF 2014 award here.