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Research at Brown

New Data Science Research Grants

In collaboration with Brown’s Office of the Vice-President for Research (OVPR), the Data Science Initiative made awards to Brown researchers this fall.

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Michigan team’s findings on PFAS contaminants could inform broader approach to mitigation

David Savitz, associate dean for research at Brown University and a professor of epidemiology, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, was appointed to lead the MPART Science Advisory Committee. The committee examined the effects of PFAS on human and environmental health. Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a class of toxic chemicals including byproducts from manufacturing non-stick household goods and waterproof fabrics.

Climate change will have region-specific impacts on human health, economy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Earth has already warmed approximately 1.7 degrees since 1901, the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) reports, and projected warming between 2.7 degrees and 3.6 degrees by 2100 will bring even more record-breaking storms, rising sea levels and spread of disease-carrying insects. 

Dr. Megan Ranney: ‘Our focus is on stopping shootings...saving human lives’

(Providence Journal) A Rhode Island Hospital emergency physician and Brown University professor was the lead author for a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday about gun violence and the Twitter hashtag #ThisIsOurLane.

Study finds that in treating obesity, one size does not fit all

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Analyzing data from more than 2,400 obese patients who underwent bariatric weight-loss surgery, researchers identified at least four different patient subgroups that diverge significantly in eating behaviors and rate of diabetes, as well as weight loss in three years after surgery. READ MORE

New studies on student alcohol use can inform interventions to reduce blackouts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — College students who drink alcohol don’t typically intend to drink to the point that they “black out,” and they also don’t fully grasp what specific drinking behaviors present the greatest risk of blackouts, a new series of studies finds. READ MORE