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Research Spotlight: Feb. 18, 2016

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Researchers awarded project grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Nancy Barnett, professor of behavioral and social science research, and a team of fellow investigators have received an R01 research project grant, an award for health-related work offered by the National Institute of Health, of which the Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is a subsidiary. The grant is titled “Reducing Hazardous Alcohol Use in Social Networks Using Target Intervention.”

The research will focus on drinking in a college residential setting and will look at whether hazardous drinking transfers from one social network to another.

Gender differences in medical career outcomes

A study produced by the Women and Infants Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of the Warren Alpert School of Medicine, found that female gynecologic oncologists lag behind their male counterparts in a number of ways. For example, women at the assistant professor level were found to have published fewer papers and to have been cited less often than men. Further on in their careers, women’s academic production pulls about equal with that of men, but they hold fewer department chairs.

Ashley Stuckey, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology as well as medical science, told EurekaAlert that this lack in productivity is “true for women in all surgical disciplines.” These gaps exist due to a lack of female role models for younger physicians, lack of mentoring, sexism in medicine and publishing and the issue of work-life balance,” she said.

State’s first ‘Brain Week’ to be held in March

The Brown Institute for Brain Sciences recently announced that it will hold its first “Brain Week” March 12 to 19. The institute will be working with the Providence-based national mental illness advocacy organization, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. Brain Week events will take place all around Providence.

The Brown Brain Fair, which will feature Brown’s Virtual Reality Lab, will take place in Sayles Hall. Labs participating in the Brain Fair have been instructed to create and organize games, exhibits, displays and demonstrations.

The event will play out in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, held every March, in which thousands of organizations and institutions plan activities in their communities to get people excited about the brain and brain research.

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