Despite all the efforts and successes of the past three decades, the status of disadvantaged minorities in higher education still leaves a great deal to be desired. The number of Blacks advancing in the academic world remains distressingly low. Minority enrollment in graduate and professional schools has failed to show a steady advance. This invariably translates to a severe under-representation of minority physicians, biomedical researchers, and college, university and medical faculty. Increasing the number of minorities involved in conducting biomedical research, in research training, and in higher education would go a long way towards decreasing the discrepancy in the quality of health and life expectancy between the majority and minority populations. The mission of the Morehouse School of Medicine is to eliminate this health-gap in underserved and underrepresented minority populations. The MSM/MBRS program includes fourteen diverse biomedical research projects designed to enhance research opportunities for our undergraduate, graduate and medical students. The objectives for the MBRS program at the Morehouse School of Medicine are to:
- Increase the number of faculty conducting biomedical research;
- Enhance the productivity of our faculty by providing resources and an environment that are conducive to research;
- Increase the number of minority undergraduate and graduate students inbiomedical research by providing mentorship and support for research training;
- Increase the number of minority medical students involved in research by encouraging students accepted to medical school to pursue careers in academic medicine/research;
- Enhance the potential of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) faculty to secure extramural research funding.
Therefore, the overall goal of the MSM/MBRS Program is to promote, support and conduct biomedical research that unravels the basic biology of disease processes disproportionately affecting minorities and underserved populations, thereby establishing a cadre of outstanding researchers and educators who are likely to become tomorrow's scientific leaders.