Please follow the links below for information on each of our active studies.
Black Women's Health Study (BWHS)
The Black Women’s Health Study (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. Current BWHS research:
- Mammographic Density and Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women
- Breast Cancer Genetic Study in African-ancestry Populations
- Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors
- Exploring Factors Related to Racial Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Incidence and Survival: The OCWAA Consortium
- A Prospective Investigation of the Oral Microbiome and Pancreatic Cancer
- Oral Microbiome and Lung Cancer Risk
- Psychosocial Stressors in Relation to Oral Health in African American Women
- Reducing Health Disparities for Black Women in the Treatment of Insomnia
- Sociodemographic Disparities in SLE Incidence: Behavioral and Psychosocial Factors
- Relationships between Parity, Breastfeeding and ER- Breast Cancer in African American Women: Elucidating the Biologic Underpinnings at the Molecular and Cellular Level
- Somatic Mutations and Their Etiological Determinants for Breast Cancer in African American Women
- Heliobacter pylori and Colorectal Cancer in African American Women
Birth Defects Research and Prevention
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 seven such centers currently 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.
Infant Care Practice Studies
Improving Care Giver Adherence to Recommended Infant Care Practices
Intermittent Hypoxia and Caffeine in Infants Born Preterm (ICAF)
This study will address three critical questions: 1) Will extending caffeine treatment from 32-35 to 42 weeks PMA reduce extent of IH? 2) Is persisting IH associated with biochemical, structural, or functional indicators of acute injury? 3) Does caffeine treatment continued to 42 weeks PMA attenuate this acute injury?
Social Confounders for Health Outcomes Linked to Education (SCHOOL)
This study is designed to further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of educational experiences that are responsible for this relationship, as well as the mediating factors that affect the nature of the causal relationship.
The Study of Attitudes and Factors Effecting PREterm infant care Practices (SAFE-PREP)
The purpose of this study is to determine prevalence of adherence to American Academy of Pediatrics recommended infant care practices that are associated with reduction in Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) among mothers of preterm infants (gestation age <37 weeks) and to examine factors that contribute to non-adherence.
Follow-up of DES Exposed Cohorts
For this 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.
For information on our completed studies, please see the links below (arranged alphabetically):
Completed Studies (A-D)
- Case-Control Study on the Association of Upper GI Bleeding and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs in Japan
Completed Studies (E-L)
- Evaluation of the Feasibility of a Study of Potential Clinical Sequelae from Brain Hyperintensity Due to Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents
- A Feasibility Study of Thromboembolic Events and All-Cause Mortality among Patients Treated with Beriplex or Plasma for VKA Reversal
- Genetic Variants and Gene-Environment Interactions in Relation to Breast Cancer Incidence in African-American Women
- Interaction Between Low Birthweight and Obesity-associated Polymorphisms in Relation to Adult BMI in U.S. Black Women
- International Case-Control Study of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
Completed Studies (M-R)
- Post-marketing Surveillance of Drugs Used to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome Using a Pharmacy-based Cohort (IBS)
- Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center
- Role of Religiosity/Spirituality Measures in Health
Completed Studies (S-Z)
- Study of Myocardial Infarction in Women in Relation to Contraceptive and Noncontraceptive Estrogen Use