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Center for Urban Health Disparities Research and Innovation

The mission of the Center for Urban Health Disparities Research and Innovation at Morgan State University (RCMI@Morgan) is to use a transdisciplinary team of both basic biomedical and public health/behavioral science researchers to conduct research to understand health issues disproportionately affecting minority groups, particularly those living in urban settings of Baltimore.

The RCMI@Morgan will:

  1. strengthen MSU's research infrastructure for knowledge acquisition and translational research in biomedical sciences;
  2. provide a host of professional development programs to nurture a group of health disparities researchers and innovators;
  3. strengthen collaborations with the two research-intensive institutions in Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore); and
  4. engage in collaborations with community-based organizations and government agencies. The proposed areas of health disparities/urban health research include infectious diseases, cardiovascular health, cancers and diabetes, drug addiction research, health informatics, and food security.

A unique feature of RCMI@Morgan is to blend the basic science researchers with the behavioral/public health researchers. We will also recruit a senior basic biomedical science researcher who will help to develop partnerships among the researchers, and team up with senior faculty members from MSU, JHU and UMB. Further, we will collaborate with researchers from other RCMI institutions through the RCMI Translational Research Network's Data Coordinating Center (RTRN DCC), to mentor all the junior faculty members at MSU to develop them as independent researchers. Finally, the RCMI@Morgan will become a research hub on urban health disparities and an integral part of the City of Baltimore through community engagement and community-based participatory research.

Funding Source: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD 1U54MD013376-01A1)