Dr. Connie Mulligan just received a $348,000 NSF award, “Intergenerational impact of violence exposure during pregnancy on epigenetic change.” Dr. Mulligan is collaborating with Dr. Catherine Panter-Brick at Yale University and Dr. Rana Dajani at Hashemite University in Jordan. Congratulations Connie!
Our own Mike Heckenberger was featured in a story in the Alligator this morning, highlighting his research and efforts to mitigate the effects of rainforest fires on indigenous peoples. Find the article here. Photo courtesy to the Alligator.
Dr. Muligan’s lab featured in UF News press release for their PLOS ONE paper about Syrian refugee study.
- 2016-2019—John Krigbaum, Connie Mulligan, and Ken Sassaman
- 2017-2020—Susan deFrance, Susan Gillespie, and Chris McCarty
- 2018-2021—Aaron Broadwell, Valerie DeLeon, and Jeff Johnson
See the AAA Listing for more information. Thank you to all for your years of dedication to AAA and the discipline!
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Dr. de France, Dr. Heckenberger, and Dr. Johnson have been recently interviewed for the departmental Youtube. Watch their interviews here.
African Americans have significantly higher rates of hypertension than other racial groups and suffer from more serious negative outcomes associated with the disease. We investigate the sociocultural and biological factors that influence hypertension in African Americans, a group that is underrepresented in research, in Tallahassee, FL. Novel integration of both genetic and social network data allowed us to build and evaluate statistical models that described significant amounts of variation in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. We found that having many family members in one’s social network is associated with higher blood pressure in African Americans. This is important because other studies have shown that African Americans tend to have more family members in their networks than European Americans, which may help explain racial disparities in hypertension. Previous studies have reported that family and family support are often associated with positive health outcomes and can act as a buffer against stress and other factors that contribute to hypertension. Our study suggests that the relationship between family in social networks and health outcomes may be more complicated than previously thought. Interacting with family members or helping to provide for their emotional and financial needs may contribute to stress that significantly negatively impacts health.
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