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RCMI Program in Health Disparities Research

The RCMI Program in Health Disparities Research at Meharry Medical College (RHDR@MMC) addresses health disparities at multiples scales of research: from micro to macro environments. The RHDR@MMC is not discipline or disease focused, but emphasizes the disruption of disparity at all scales, from proteins to the human ecosystems of the populations we serve. The RHDR@MMC has four activities:

  • Our re-envisioned Research Infrastructure Core, CRISALIS, provides expert technical support in areas relevant to the research projects, as well as services such as design, biostatistics, bio and health informatics, and cross-training support to benefit ALL researchers at the institution.
  • The Investigator Development Core creates formal mentor-mentee relationships for junior scientists via Blue-Sky Committees and offers a competitive pilot funding program designed to promote external submissions.
  • The Community Engagement Core engages community based organizations for research priority setting and dissemination of findings, promotes participation in research by underrepresented groups, and enhances broader dissemination of findings to community stakeholders.
  • The Recruitment Core looks to attract independent, mid career and senior scientists to increase internal mentorship and external funding.

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Samuel Evans Adunyah, PhD

Chair, Dept. of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology & Professor
School of Medicine

(615) 327-6446

RCMI Program in Health Disparities Research Publications

Prioritization of Features for Mobile Apps for Families in a Federal Nutrition Program for Low-Income Women, Infants, and Children: User-Centered Design Approach.
Summer J Weber, Elyse Shearer, Shelagh A Mulvaney, Douglas Schmidt, Chris Thompson, Jessica Jones, Haseeb Ahmad, Martina Coe, Pamela C Hull

Predicting pain among female survivors of recent interpersonal violence: A proof-of-concept machine-learning approach.
Edward Lannon, Francisco Sanchez-Saez, Brooklynn Bailey, Natalie Hellman, Kerry Kinney, Amber Williams, Subodh Nag, Matthew E Kutcher, Burel R Goodin, Uma Rao, Matthew C Morris

Association of time of day and extubation success in very low birthweight infants: a multicenter cohort study.
Brittany Guy, Mary Eva Dye, Laura Richards, Scott O Guthrie, L Dupree Hatch

Manganese-induced reactive oxygen species activate IκB kinase to upregulate YY1 and impair glutamate transporter EAAT2 function in human astrocytes in vitro.
Asha Rizor, Edward Pajarillo, Ivan Nyarko-Danquah, Alexis Digman, Leyah Mooneyham, Deok-Soo Son, Michael Aschner, Eunsook Lee

Notch as an Immunologic Basis of Cancer Disparities.
Portia LaLiah Thomas, Anil Shanker

Multiplatform computational analysis of mast cells in adrenocortical carcinoma tumor microenvironment.
Jordan J Baechle, David N Hanna, Konjeti R Sekhar, Jeffrey C Rathmell, Wendy Kimryn Rathmell, Naira Baregamian