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  • RISE is a National Institutes of Health initiative of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) that provides funding for student development programs for minority-serving institutions. The goal of the RISE program is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research who complete Ph.D. degree programs in these fields.

    The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) RISE  program has developed an innovative multi-component approach that will both increase the numbers of minorities with research careers and produce students with skill sets that will allow them to be successful in competitive research professions.  The research skill sets of yesterday are no longer adequate to equip students in this era of “omics” (genomics, proteomics, metabolomic, etc.) and personalized medicine. MSM is seeking to increase the number of underrepresented minorities earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and insure that their knowledge and skills are aligned with advances in biomedical science technology.  Our RISE program also develops students to be future leaders in their fields.

    The goals and objectives of the MSM RISE Program are aligned with the mission of the institution which seeks to address health disparities in underserved communities.  Hence, our RISE students are trained to conduct research directed toward determining the causes and mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of diseases that disproportionately affect underserved communities.

    The MSM RISE Program provides students with the opportunity to receive an enriching and rewarding experience in biomedical research. Each student is expected to work on a research project, present their research findings at national conferences and develop manuscripts for publication.  Former MSM RISE participants have embarked on successful biomedical careers in several arenas including academia, public health Service, industry and academic medicine.

    We welcome you to our website where you will see evidence of productive research experiences by the number of presentations, publications and successful fellowship applications by MSM RISE students.

    Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D.
    RISE Program Director
    Professor, Department of Anatomy & Pathology
    Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for 
    Research Affairs