TU to participate in $3 million Oklahoma health initiative

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The University of Tulsa is proud to be part of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) three-year, $3 million health initiative to research the cause and treatment of diseases and disabilities affecting Oklahomans.

Jamie Rhudy, associate professor of psychology, will receive $135,000 for his research on pain and distress in premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition that impacts three to eight percent of women in Oklahoma.

Rhudy’s research will examine pain sensitivity and the relationship between emotion and pain (subjective and physiological) across the menstrual cycle in women with and without PMDD.

“Results from this study can be used to increase our understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to PMDD pain and may ultimately provide insights into how PMDD pain can be prevented or treated through affective mechanisms,” Rhudy said.

OCAST is Oklahoma’s technology-based economic development agency. The 23 research projects funded under the program will investigate the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases and disabilities and facilitate the development of innovative health care products and services.

Amethyst Cavallaro