Dr. Courtney Meehan and Dr. Kanako Hayashi were both awarded the Cougar Cage award!jennifer.madigan
Study of cannabis, human milk composition, and infant development
“In an effort to address the historical lack of research on pregnant and breastfeeding women, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Anthropology Courtney Meehan seeks to populate the information desert surrounding these vulnerable individuals and their children. Her proposed study will assess whether milk composition differs among women who use and do not use cannabis, and how the presence of cannabinoids in milk affects infant development. Meehan hopes the results will enable healthcare providers to offer evidence-based advice and allow mothers to make more informed decisions.”
Targeted drug delivery in endometriosis therapy
“Professor Kanako Hayashi from the School of Molecular Biosciences and Professor Yuehe Lin from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering have joined forces to improve the quality of life for people with endometriosis, a chronic and incurable disease that affects nearly 200 million worldwide. With funding from Cougar Cage, they plan to develop a non-hormonal therapy that will rely on biocompatible nanocarriers to deliver drugs to afflicted cells with fewer side effects than current treatments”
Each of these projects will receive $50,000 to achieve its research goals. Congratulations!