Research Studies

Please follow the links below for complete information on each of our listed studies.  Studies are listed alphabetically.

Behavioral Surveillance of Acetaminophen Users: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Dosing Behavior
The behavioral surveillance program is designed to ascertain the characteristics of acetaminophen users, with a focus on those who exceed the maximum recommended daily dose.  The data will suggest areas for potential consumer interventions and allow for the monitoring of user attitudes, knowledge, and dosing behavior over time as interventions are undertaken.

Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS)
The BWHS is the largest follow-up study of the health of African-American women yet conducted. The purpose is to identify and evaluate causes and preventives of cancers and other serious illnesses in African-American women. (Follow the link to learn more and to see a list of special BWHS studies that are currently active.)

Centers for Excellence in Birth Defects Research and Prevention
The Slone Epidemiology Center is participating in the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, one of eight such centers funded by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (CDC). These centers conduct surveillance and research aimed at the prevention of birth defects.

The Child and Adolescent Learning and Living Study (CALLS)
Hemifacial microsomia (HFM) is characterized by asymmetric underdevelopment of the face. Although HFM is the second most common craniofacial malformation, there have been few studies of its impact on affected children.

Epidemiology of Breast Cancer Subtypes in African-American Women
The purpose of this collaborative Program Project is to understand the etiology of specific subtypes of breast cancer in African American women, in particular, the basal-like subtype, which occurs about twice as often in African American women as in other ethnic groups and is associated with a worse prognosis than other subtypes.

Follow-up of DES Exposed Cohorts
The Slone Epidemiology Center is participating in a collaborative follow-up study of the long-term health effects of diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure, with 4 other academic research centers and the National Cancer Institute.

Social Media and Risk-reduction Training for Infant Care Practices (SMART)
The purpose of this project is to address serious and ongoing challenges related to adherence to public health recommendations known to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths.

Vaccines And Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS)
VAMPSS is a nationwide post-marketing surveillance system established to comprehensively monitor the use and safety of vaccines and medications during pregnancy.