Research News

Three teams awarded 2020 Research Seed Awards

Brown University's annual Research Seed Awards help faculty advance research proposals by supporting the generation of preliminary data and the pursuit of new directions or collaborations in research. Three teams of public health faculty have received these competitive awards in 2020

Study finds 44% of Medicaid enrollees do not reinitiate HIV treatment after discontinuation

Many Medicaid enrollees with HIV do not reinitiate ART after discontinuing their treatment, according to a new study by Tingting Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of health services, policy and practice.

Study finds adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine more effective than standard vaccine in reducing hospitalization in older patients

The results of a study by a team of Brown University researchers that found an adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine was more effective than a standard non-adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine in reducing the risk of flu- and pneumonia-related hospitalization in patients 65-years-of-age and older were presented at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Clinical Vaccinology Course in Washington, D.C..

Mindfulness training may help lower blood pressure, new study shows

A study at Brown University finds that mindfulness could reduce blood pressure by enhancing attention control, emotion regulation and self-awareness of both healthy and unhealthy habits.

R.I. researchers, policymakers outline new framework for opioid use disorder treatment

Aiming to reduce treatment gaps and guide state policy, a diverse set of voices from Brown University and the State of Rhode Island developed a cascade of care model for opioid use disorder.

More research is needed to understand the impact of a suspended driver's license on access to healthcare

Eighty percent of drivers’ license suspensions are due to non-driving events, such as failure (or inability) to pay a fine. At the same time, 3.6 million Americans miss or delay healthcare each year because of transportation barriers. In a new editorial published by the American Journal of Public Health, Professor Nina Joyce and colleagues argue that more research is needed to understand the impact of a suspended license on access to health care.

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Jennifer Tidey Appointed Interim Associate Dean for Research

Jennifer Tidey, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior has been appointed as the Interim Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health effective January 1, 2020.

Hassenfeld researchers study “biomarkers” to identify risk for autism

What if we could recognize signs of developmental disorders much earlier, saving parents years of confusion and worry and helping address challenges sooner? At Brown University’s Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, we’re studying “biomarkers” that have the potential to identify a child’s risk for autism and other developmental disorders well before more obvious symptoms are apparent.

In confronting opioid crisis, researchers to test neighborhood-based interventions, fentanyl test strips

With opioid drug overdose deaths skyrocketing in recent decades, researchers are confronting the epidemic in multiple ways. Two new five-year grants from the National Institutes of Health, totaling $6.8 million, will expand those efforts.

Study finds inadequate treatment for nursing home residents with COPD

A new study finds nearly 60% of nursing facility residents with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had low peak inspiratory flow rate, and for most, their treatment was substandard.