In the Spotlight

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is the lead statistician on a cluster randomized trial designed to prevent and treat HIV and other health conditions in East African communities. In a trial with over 350,000 adults and children in rural Kenya and Uganda, the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) study resulted in 21 percent fewer HIV deaths, reduced tuberculosis by 59%, and improved control of hypertension by 26%.

University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders faculty Kelly Richardson

Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Kelly Richardson recently received a three-year, $461,000 early career research award from NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders to study two different approaches to treating speech and voice symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Dean Marjorie Aelion discusses the growing impact made by researchers within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. From community-based researchers working on suicide prevention efforts to environmental health scientists trying to mitigate air and water pollution, faculty in all disciplines in the SPHHS are working together toward the common goal of helping improve the physical and mental well being of our populations.