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LMU Team Awarded Grant to Study Effects of Alcohol on Bone Health

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Almstedt Grant Research photoThe National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—one of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)—recently awarded a Loyola Marymount University research project $374,000 to investigate a possible link between decreased bone health and heavy, intermittent alcohol use in college-age adults.

The study represents a unique collaboration between faculty at the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering and Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, with Health and Human Sciences Associate Professor Hawley Almstedt, Ph.D., R.D.N. and Psychology Professor Joseph LaBrie, Ph.D., jointly serving as primary investigators on the grant.

“It’s a great collaborative effort,” LaBrie said. “We both have expertise in certain areas: Dr. Almstedt’s is in nutrition and health, and mine is in addiction and psychosocial behaviors in emerging adults. Merging these together creates something very novel and allows us to look at a completely new question that hasn’t been looked at before. This [grant] is a huge gain for us, and we really think we’re onto something interesting.”

Read more about this story in Seaver News.