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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

Update on Biologics for Psoriasis in Clinical Practice.
Mirjana G Ivanic, Grace S Ahn, Patrick Herndon, Jashin J Wu

Integrative computational immunogenomic profiling of cortisol-secreting adrenocortical carcinoma.
Jordan J Baechle, David N Hanna, Konjeti R Sekhar, Jeffrey C Rathmell, W Kimryn Rathmell, Naira Baregamian

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Caries Prevalence in Underserved Black Adolescents.
Brian Laurence, Cherae M Farmer-Dixon, Angela Southwell, Teresa Marshall, Nawar Shara, George Taylor, Tiffany Edmonds, Dianne Harris, Donna Grant-Mills, Eshetu Tefera

The significant impact of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on in-hospital mortality of elderly patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: A retrospective observational study.
Seyed Reza Bagheri, Alireza Abdi, Joseph Benson, Negin Naghdi, Sonia V Eden, Minoo Arjmand, Zahra Amini, Michael T Lawton, Ehsan Alimohammadi

Maternal childhood trauma and prenatal stressors are associated with child behavioral health.
Shaikh I Ahmad, Kristen L Rudd, Kaja Z LeWinn, W Alex Mason, Laura Murphy, Paul D Juarez, Catherine J Karr, Sheela Sathyanarayana, Frances A Tylavsky, Nicole R Bush