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Each month, the OVPR highlights the past month’s sponsored research funding awarded to Tufts’ investigators, including both a list of funded awards and one or more featured project abstracts.

You can download the list of June’s awardees by clicking the button below. In June, Tufts researchers were awarded over 40 awards for extramural funding from federal, foundation, and corporate sponsors.

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Featured Abstract

This month's featured abstract highlights Dr. Keren Ladin, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and of Community Health, Tufts University, who received a Faculty Scholars Award from the Greenwall Foundation, a career development award designed to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.

The Moral Relevance of Social Connectedness for Allocation of Scarce Resources

Although social support is routinely assessed during transplant candidate evaluation, we hypothesize that inconsistent definitions of social support and evaluation procedures may result in unequal treatment of patients with limited support. We hypothesize that clinicians have unconscious bias in favor of more socially connectedness patients, and that this bias will be significantly associated with waitlist decisions. Clinicians may experience moral distress and cognitive dissonance, which occurs when actions (using a discriminatory criterion) do not align with values (treating all patients fairly). Perspective-taking interventions, more supportive center-level and Medicaid policies, and reforming the social support criterion may be needed to reduce this source of bias and ensure equal access to solid organ transplantation.