Research Centers in Minority Institutions
Major support for the bio-medical research infrastructure of Morehouse School of Medicine is received through the Research Centers for Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program, sponsored by the National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities. With RCMI funding, state of the art bio-medical research technology cores, shared use facilities, and other resources (e.g., Division of Information Technology Services) at MSM are available to our scientific investigators.
Over thirty-two years, the RCMI support has fostered the development of areas of research focus at the MSM (e.g., Cardiovascular Disease, HIV/AIDS, Neuroscience, Reproductive Biology, and Molecular Immunology) and MSM's record of research development and the research enterprise is in large part due to the support received from the RCMI Program.
Aim I: Transform Our Institution. Provide support for the CTRHD activities that will improve Morehouse School of Medicine: (1) Monitoring progress on the research objectives of the U54. (2) Administration of the Cores, Research Projects, Pilot Projects, and Shared Resources. (3) Administrative management of budgets/financial accounts, coordination, and logistics related to U54 activities and fiscal oversight of CTRHD projects.
Aim II: Transform Our Research Environment. Establish a robust research infrastructure that fosters innovative,single- and multi-disciplinary translational teams: (1) Coordination and scheduling of all program meetings/seminars/conferences. (2) Facilitation of internal and external communication among Cores, partners, and investigators and submitting progress reports on the Program to NIH and the Advisory Committee. (3) Development and maintenance of a Program website, Program communications, including progress reports, publications, grant updates.
Aim III: Transform Our MSM Community of Biomedical Scientists. Expand the next generation of leaders in health disparities research and expand the diversity of the research workforce targeted at MDTT development: (1) Provide support for Investigator Development Core to facilitate mentoring and research opportunities for junior scientists and other researchers. (2) Implementation of processes for the selection of research projects and pilot projects. (3) Facilitate collaborations that enhance expertise to develop Multidisciplinary Translational Teams (MDTTs)
Aim IV: Transform Our Community. Develop a multidisciplinary translational team model of biomedical, clinical, behavioral research advancing discovery science and translation of knowledge to the community to improve their overall health knowledge and ultimately health status: (1) Develop and propagate the expertise of the Community Engagement Core, facilitating integration with the other research components leading to development of MDTT’s. (2) Develop activities through RIC that expand the community’s scientific knowledge.