Congrats to Dr. Julie Ober Allen for getting funding for her supplemental project to the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)!! Julie’s project is titled “Biobehavioral stress processes and cardiometabolic risk” and as part of it she’ll be analyzing data fro the Richmond Stress and Sugar Study. Congrats Julie!!
Dr. Mezuk’s blog in Psychology Today “Ask an Epidemiologist” has been profiled in the EpiMonitor. The goal of this blog is to help readers better calibrate the amount of belief they should impart to study findings, given the range of factors that impact the quality of health research published today.
GREMAP alumni are doing amazing things!
Check out this recent picture of Josh Montgomery, MPH (bottom row, second from left) with the US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams.
Josh is currently doing a Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education (ORISE) Fellowship with the Office of The Chief Medical Officer within Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. Josh earned his MPH from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 and was instrumental in forming our community-engaged partnership with the YMCA of Greater Richmond around their diabetes programs.
In his ORISE fellowship Josh has been working to develop pain management guidelines to help reduce overdose risk.
GREMAP had a strong showing at the Pine Rest Depression Summit on April 26, 2019, with students Emily Kubisiak, Ashley Rapp, and Erica Bennion taking home the top three poster awards!
Drs. Mezuk and Bergmans were on the scientific planning committee along with Drs. Lena Brundin and Eric Achtyes from the Van Andel Institute and Michigan State University, respectively.
Dr. Mezuk visited her alma mater, the Department of Mental Health at JHSPH, to give a talk on “Depression and diabetes: From epidemiology to mechanisms.” Here she is with two of her mentors, Drs. Joe Gallo and Bill Eaton.
In March 2019, two of our GREMAPers Jacinda and Viktoryia attended an annual meeting for the American Psychosomatic Society, which took place in Vancouver, BC this year. They presented a poster featuring baseline data from the Richmond Stress and Sugar Study. The poster focused on comparing whether HPA-axis reactivity to the Trier Social Stress Test differed by race/ethnicity and/or neighborhood socio-economic status (SES). Findings are intriguing and provide preliminary evidence that exposure to environmental stress, which is operationalized through low neighborhood SES, might alter reactivity to acute stress. Stay tuned for further details!