North Carolina Central University proposes to establish an RCMI-Center for Health Disparities (RCHDR) to conduct cutting-edge research for addressing health disparities. The center is a collaborative effort within multiple NCCU units and will be housed at the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI).
Focusing on basic and behavioral biomedical research, the center will leverage resources and partnerships at the neighboring institutions in the Research Triangle area, community-based organizations and the nationwide RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN) to advance the following specific aims:
- Enhance the research capacity of NCCU within the areas of basic biomedical and behavioral research by developing a strong research infrastructure core and community engagement core where investigators will have access to the tools for basic/biomedical and behavioral sciences;
- Prepare and enable all levels of investigators (including postdocs, research track, tenure-track and tenured faculty) to become successful extramurally funded health disparities researchers by developing an Investigator Development Core (IDC) and providing funding for pilot projects focused on health disparities research, with robust mentoring by experienced investigators from NCCU and/or partnering institutions;
- Provide ancillary activities and promote a collaborative environment conducive to career enhancement by offering a multitude of career enhancement activities and collaborative events; and
- Establish sustainable relationships with neighboring research and community-based organizations and the RTRN network to advance cutting-edge health disparities research at NCCU.
Leveraging the existing biomedical commitment of NCCU and establishing such an integrated RCMI Center at NCCU will greatly enhance the research capacity at this HBCU and drive it towards achieving its mission of addressing health disparities.