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CRF supports faculty in obtaining grant funding for family research primarily through the Family Research Scholars Program. In addition, CRF offers funding opportunities through the Student Grants and Awards Program, which provides funding to students so they can work with and be mentored by UMass faculty on research projects, and which provides recognition for outstanding student research on family issues.

Bone Strength and Physical Activity over the life course in a Physically Active Contemporary Pre-industrial Population

Amount: $793 815
Award Period:
April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021

This research is designed to test whether greater physical activity levels (PALs) lead to greater bone strength, and whether greater PALs and bone strength protect against age-related bone loss. This research is also designed to examine the extent to which osteogenic responses to habitual, physically intensive subsistence activities are weakened by older age, female sex, energetic limitation, and high pathogen burden.

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Sleep, Hot flashes and Cognition: A non-human primate model for menopausal symptoms (NIH)

Amount: $285 855
Award Period:
July 15, 2018 to May 31, 2019

The co-occurrence of hot flashes, sleep disturbances and cognitive impairment is a major concern for menopausal women, and the etiology and potential relationships among these symptoms are not understood, in part due to the lack of an appropriate animal model. The proposed studies will establish a primate model to study these relationships. The model will be used in future studies to elucidate the underlying mechanisms and design new avenues of treatment for the many women suffering from sleep disturbances, hot flashes and cognitive deficits at menopause.

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Emotional Influences on Diagnostic Error in Emergency Medicine: An Experimental Approach to Understand Diagnostic Failure and Facilitate Improvement for Patients with and without Mental Illness

Amount: $1 712 843
Award Period:
September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2022

Patient safety is a significant public health concern, especially given the likelihood that everyone will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, and highly stigmatized populations (e.g., those with mental illnesses) are likely to experience many more. This project studies how health care providers’ emotional experiences can adversely influence diagnosis and how such effects may be reduced. This research will lay the foundation for the development of interventions to reduce emotion-induced diagnostic failures.

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