The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) conducts research with working people and employers to overcome workplace obstacles to health.
We were one of the first two national Total Worker Health® (TWH) Centers for Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
TWH calls attention to how “environmental workplace factors can both mitigate and enhance overall worker health.” The program aims to create and disseminate evidence for effective and efficient activities to preserve the health, safety and productivity of the American workforce. CPH-NEW researchers are especially interested in topics such as job stress, musculoskeletal disorders, organization of work, and worker engagement in program design. Our projects develop and evaluate ways to help a workplace be health-promoting, what makes an effective TWH program, the feasibility of delivering a TWH program in different types of settings, and how to strengthen system organizational readiness for optimal program adoption and impact.
The Center also offers research-based program toolkits and continuing education opportunities directed to employers, workers, health professionals, and union representatives.
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Chiara Ghezzi's Lab - the focus of my research liaises with engineering biopolymer structure/function properties with advanced bio-fabrication techniques to develop 3D tissue models, by combining physiological architecture, physical stimuli, and native microstructure to recapitulate healthy and disease tissue states. The impact of these approaches will be to further guide and educate biopolymer material designs towards needs in regenerative medicine.
Walfre Franco's Lab - Prof. Franco's research initiatives span the design, development, and fabrication of devices, sensors, and computational tools for solving health-related problems.
The Pain Research Lab (PI: Bryan Black, Ph.D.) - Our mission is to develop optical and electrical neural interfaces, along with novel tissue engineering constructs, to better understand and treat chronic pain conditions.
Jinxiang Xi's Lab - Respiratory dynamics, inhalation toxicology, aerosol-based tumor diagnosis, personalized drug delivery, snoring and apnea.
The Biomedical Modeling and Simulation Laboratory (PI: Alan Wei) - My research focuses on developing and applying advanced engineering techniques (both computational and experimental) to investigate biofluid and biosolid mechanics in physiological systems. We have been producing significant knowledge and data on the cause, accurate diagnosis and prognosis, and safe and effective treatment of related diseases.