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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.

CRF Scholars Move Ahead with Successful Grants

Students in a UMass Lab

Three of CRF’s current and former Family Research Scholars were recently successful in their multimillion dollar federal grant applications. The scholars will embark on investigations which will address pressing national health concerns such as the link between breast cancer risk and household products, how African-American men cope with stress, and how technologies can help patients with chronic health conditions manage their fatigue and sleep.

Early-Life Chemical Exposures and Female Puberty-Related Outcomes in Animal Models

Sue Fenton
Watch Sue Fenton's Tay Gavin Erickson lecture on the role of chemical exposure on the regulation of fetal mammary gland development. In the lecture she describes how her current research can strengthen our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the effects of early life exposures that lead to persistent changes in breast tissue and enhance disease susceptibility over one’s lifetime.