MSM Receives Renewal Award for Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program

MSM Receives Renewal Award for Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $21,299,853 renewal over a five-year period to Morehouse School of Medicine as part of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program. 

Funding will support building Multidisciplinary Translational Teams (MDTT’s) through research projects with a health disparities focus, targeted at more rapid translation of health disparities (e.g., cancer, stroke, infectious diseases, cardiometabolic diseases and reproductive health) by expanding the baseline research infrastructure.

 “This funding is incredibly critical to the continuous expansion of our research portfolio; providing faculty, staff, and students with an infrastructure that strengthens support of their scientific investigations,” says Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomy and Executive Vice Dean for Research and Academic Administration at Morehouse School of Medicine. “For over thirty-two years, the RCMI Program support has fostered research at our institution with a focus on cardiovascular-related disorders, integrated infectious diseases, neurological disorders, cancer, and reproductive biology. The development of the research enterprise at MSM is in large part due to the critical support received from the RCMI Program.”

Under the leadership of Vincent Bond, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology at MSM, the institution’s Center for Translational Research in Health Disparities will bring together expertise of the MSM’s RCMI program cores with community, clinical researchers and partners.

The overall goals of the RCMI program are to advance the science of minority health and health disparities in multiple disciplines, promote the diversity of the biomedical workforce and reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

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