Posted inIn the News, Research

$53.4M Grant to Brown, Hebrew SeniorLife to Enable Massive Expansion of Alzheimer’s Research

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING (NIA) has awarded a five-year $53.4 million grant to Brown University and Boston-based Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) to lead a nationwide effort to improve health care and quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their caregivers. Together, the institutions will create a massive […]

Posted inIn the News, Research, Spring 2019

Early-life obesity impacts children’s learning and memory, study suggests

The study found a link between children’s weight status in the first two years of life and their school-age performance on cognitive tests. A study by Brown University epidemiologists found that children on the threshold of obesity or overweight in the first two years of life had lower perceptual reasoning and working memory scores than […]

Posted inResearch

Children of mothers who use marijuana start using the drug earlier

A number of studies have shown that child and adolescent marijuana use is associated with impairments in attention and concentration — and that those who start using marijuana early are at increased risk of health consequences. New research based on nationally representative longitudinal surveys determined that children whose mothers use marijuana between the child’s birth and […]

Posted inSpring 2019

Health Impact: Read the Warning Signs

IF IT’S TRUE THAT THIRD-GRADE READING proficiency helps predict a child’s achievement later in life, then accord-ing to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College Careers (PARCC) exam, assessing third graders’ reading levels, the future doesn’t look bright for the majority of Rhode Island’s kids. In 2015, the exam showed that just over one-third […]

Posted inFall 2018

Confronting Climate Change

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse The Senator from Rhode Island is passionate about acting on climate change and protecting our environment.  As a founder of the Senate Climate Action Task Force he is fighting for smarter solutions. What has fueled your passion to address environmental issues that affect population health? Environmental hazards harm public health […]

Posted inFaculty, Fall 2018, In the News

Brown Researcher Advises Michigan PFAS Action Response Team

When we think about recent environmental disasters, Flint, Michigan’s water quality crisis quickly comes to mind. But the Great Lakes State has another pollution problem that is less well known outside the state. For at least the last 70 years, Michigan manufacturers and others released chemical-laden waste into the environment. This waste contained PFAS, per- […]