GREMAP member Joshua Montgomery has been accepted into the Fourteenth-Annual "Careers in Cancer Control Research" Summer Institute sponsored by the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Josh will spend a week working with experts in the field of Cancer Control and learning about research in the field.

Congratulations Josh!

GREMAP member Kristen Kelly has been accepted as a pre-doctoral trainee in the Genome Science Training Program at the University of Michigan. This program provides advanced training in statistical, computational, and molecular genetics.

Congratulations Kristen!

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a poster our evaluation of the YMCA Diabetes Control Program at the 2017 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California (June 9 – 13)!

Our abstract entitled “Evaluating a Community-Based Diabetes Self-Management Program: Lessons Learned from an Academic–Community Research Partnership” will be displayed in the Diabetes Education section of the poster session.

The American Diabetes Association Scientific Meeting is the world’s largest and most prominent meetings on diabetes. It is attended by over 13,000 diabetes experts, physicians, nurses, researchers, and public health practitioners from around the world. Our poster will be one of 3,000 presentations at the meeting.

Attending this meeting will give our team an opportunity to engage with leaders in the field and other community-engaged research groups. We are excited to share our work, and to learn from others as we work to improve diabetes prevention and control in our community.

For more information about this conference, click here.

American Diabetes Association: 77th Scientific Sessions


Dr. Briana Mezuk has accepted a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health effective January 2017. She will be based in the Center for Social Epidemiology & Population Health (CSEPH), which is also where she was based for her post-doctoral fellowship. She will remain affiliated with the VCU Division of Epidemiology for the foreseeable future and continue to lead several Richmond-based projects, including the Stress & Sugar Study and the YMCA-VCU collaboration. She will be in Richmond on a monthly basis to work with members of the GREMAP team.
Kristen Kelly is also moving to the University of Michigan and will matriculate into the Epidemiology PhD program in January 2017.
This move will bring both Bri and Kristen closer to their families, which are both located in "the Mitten". But also far away from sunshine and warmth. Far, far away.

Briana Mezuk and McKenzie Stokes

Congrats to McKenzie Stokes for being awarded an Underrepresented Minority Internship by the American Diabetes Association for her work with the Richmond Stress & Sugar Study (ADA grant 1-16-ICTS-082)! Ms. Stokes' award (ADA grant 1-17-MUI-003) will support her continued work as an interviewer and recruiter for the Study, as well as additional roles with the YMCA Diabetes partnership. She is currently an undergraduate at VCU completing dual-majors in Psychology and African American Studies.

Boston Debate League is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This non-profit organization is dedicated to making debate available to public school students from all backgrounds.

GREMAP's Dr. Briana Mezuk, a former debater and coach, has studied the impact of debate programs in schools, and has found participation to be associated with improvements in a variety of outcomes including GPAs, standardized test scores, and graduation rates. Students participating in such programs have described them as an opportunity to build their confidence, skills, and understanding of their own and others' identities.

Dr. Briana Mezuk's research has been featured in Richmond Magazine's recent article, "Is Stress Killing Black Men?". This article, which discusses current research on the relationship between stress and health disparities, includes quotes from an interview with Dr. Mezuk about her research on stress and diabetes.

GREMAP member Viktoryia Kalesnikava has been awarded a Jessie Hibbs/Marian Waller scholarship by the VCU/MCV Women's Club and the Graduate School of Virginia Commonwealth University. This scholarship is awarded to two female graduate students each year in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

Congratulations Viktoryia!!