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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

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

Laura Vandenberg (FRS '15-16) Bestowed with Pearl Award for "Disruptive" Research

Environmental Health Expert Laura Vandenberg at UMass Amherst

The Cornell Douglas Foundation, an environmental health and justice advocacy group based in Bethesda, Md., has named University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental health scientist  Laura Vandenberg one of its 2016 Pearl Award winners in recognition of her “outstanding leadership in conducting critical research to identify and address the many issues concerning endocrine disruptors.”

Louis Graham (FRS '16-17) Receives $2.3 Million NIH Grant with Springfield Men of Color Program

Louis Graham

Family Research Scholar Louis Graham will serve as lead investigator on a grant for community-based participatory research from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The project aims to enhance the Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) program's already successful support of African-American men’s health and skills for coping with stress in Springfield, MA, as well as collect data on MOCHA’s methods that might help the project to become a national model.

"Ain't I A Woman?" and "I Am a Man": Intersectionality’s Travels from Black Feminist Theory to HIV Prevention and Sexuality Research with Black Men

Watch Lisa Bowleg's Tay Gavin Erickson lecture on intersectionality, its Black feminist activist and theoretical roots, and its recent odysseys into social science and behavioral research with understudied populations such as Black heterosexual and gay and bisexual men. 

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