Translating Discovery Into Health Equity

From the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in ethnic populations to the physiology of sleep disorders, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) leads rigorous basic science, clinical, community health, and policy research to improve the health and well-being of people everywhere.

Our research portfolio in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience and HIV/AIDS, among other topics impacting underserved communities, is well-established with significant funding from leading research funders such as National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

We lead and collaborate on initiatives to translate research discoveries into health equity by ensuring that every  project we undertake moves from the lab to the clinic to the community in order to move the needle toward health equity. As a result, MSM scientists are also responsible for developing a range of innovative tools, including:

  • 63 patents between 2009 and 2019
  • early detection methods for malaria and HIV/AIDS improving patient outcomes around the globe
  • a self-contained mobile clinical research unit that provides  investigators unique access to more diverse populations, particularly in rural communities in Georgia.

At MSM, we aim to create a supportive and challenging environment for all of our faculty, staff, and students, as well as others in the broader scientific community aspiring to further cultivate their research portfolio with campus resources such as:

  • State-of-the-art labs and equipment 
  • Multidisciplinary research and collaboration opportunities
  • Bold and intentional integration between basic science research and clinical practices 

“In line with our mission, we are 
excited to foster the type of 
exploration that reduces and 
ultimately eliminates health 
disparities in this country.”

Sandra Harris-Hooker

Vice President & Executive Vice Dean

Gloster student research

Clinical research

students in lab


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