Specific Aims

  • Specific Aim 1. Enhance MSU's health disparities research infrastructure and capacity within the areas of basic biomedical and behavioral/public health research in infectious diseases including sexually transmitted diseases, cancers and diabetes, addiction research and abuse prevention, social determinants of health, food security and health informatics.
  • Specific Aim 2. Enhance high-quality research including translational research on urban health and health disparities through increased external funding, publications and scientific services to the community.
  • Specific Aim 3. Facilitate collaborations between basic biomedical and social/behavioral faculty researchers and create a collaborative and supportive environment for faculty career development, especially for new and early career faculty.
  • Specific Aim 4. Build sustainable partnerships with two local research intensive institutions, Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Baltimore, as well as local government and community-based organizations dealing with health disparities.