An interdisciplinary team, lead by Dr. Nao Hagiwara at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been awarded a 1.7 million dollar grant to study interactions between doctors and black patients with diabetes. The team has members with expertise in many different fields, including GREMAP's own Dr. Briana Mezuk. This will allow them to study this subject with a variety of methods and approaches to reach a deeper understanding. The team hopes that this research will produce findings that can help to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health.

GREMAP was well-represented at the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology ( scientific meeting in San Francisco (July 22-26, 2017). Drs. Briana Mezuk, Monique Brown (alumni), Liming Dong (new GREMAPer) and Moon Choi (alumni) all presented posters at the conference.

GREMAP members at the conference

GREMAP was proud to present at the 2017 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in sunny (and still classy) San Diego, California.

Dr. Briana Mezuk, MPH-student Josh Montgomery, and Mr. William Thornton, Wellness Director at the YMCA of Greater Richmond, all presented on our ongoing research collaboration to improve diabetes self-management in the Richmond area. We were joined by GREMAP alum Dr. Jeannie Concha, who is now leading her own community-engaged diabetes research at UTEP in El Paso, Texas.

GREMAP members with ADA poster


Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson has been selected to serve a three-year term on the Awards Committee of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. The Awards Committee manages the nomination and selection process for awards for career achievements, service, education, early career investigators, postdocs, and students.

GREMAP faculty member Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson has been awarded the Award of Excellence for Best Teacher in the PhD program for 2016-2017, from the Division of Epidemiology. This award is in recognition of her outstanding work teaching and mentoring students in the PhD program.

Congratulations Shawnita!!!

GREMAP alumnus Dr. Monique Brown has been featured in a profile at ConnectTheAges. This profile features her work as a research assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and the path she took to her career in researching sexual health in older adults.

Keep up the great work Monique!

GREMAP member Natalie Bareis has successfully passed the defense of her dissertation, "Person-Centered Treatment to Optimize Psychiatric Medication Adherence". She will soon begin a post-doctoral fellowship at the New York State Psychitaric Institute in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University.

Congratulations DOCTOR Bareis!!!

Natalie Bareis and Briana Mezuk

Natalie Bareis has accepted a post-doctoral position at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University. She will continue her research on medication adherence and improving care for individuals with bipolar disorder.

Congratulations Natalie!