About Meharry

Research Centers

Whether in a laboratory or a clinic, looking through a microscope or listening though a stethoscope, Meharry's investigators are translating research into cures.


Center for Women's Health Research—addressing diseases unique to women, particularly those experienced at higher rates among minority populations. Current and future research studies at the CWHR are in the areas of reproductive health, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and social and environmental factors in women's health, as well as health care access and quality.

Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research—unraveling the biology of HIV/AIDS and seeking remedies for the populations most affected. The CAHDR has three major areas of focus: biology, behavioral, and community outreach. Researchers at the CAHDR study new mechanisms of HIV infections, pathogenesis, immunity, and development of novel means for intervention.

The Meharry Translational Research Center (MeTRC)—a training infrastructure that serves as an incubator for Meharry scientists who pursue translational research.The scientists in the Meharry Translational Research Center look for treatments for diseases and health disorders that disproportionately impact minorities. Areas of emphasis include infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS) and women's health.

Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience—understanding the brain's circuitry/chemistry as it relates to human behavior and thereby treat dementia, Parkinson's, addictions, and other psycho-social disorders. The mission of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience is to conduct research in all phases—basic, translational, clinical, social, and behavioral—that will generate new knowledge and perhaps reduce health disparities in neurological disease and mental health.

Tennessee Child Passenger Safety Center—a state-wide train-the-trainer intervention that teaches police forces, day care centers, and other groups how to install car seats safely.The Center offers a 32-hour course to certify the officers/attendees as child passenger safety  technicians.

Health Disparities Research Center—examining how society, economics, culture, behavior, and biology impact health, with the aim of involving the community in the research process and improving the health and well-being of minorities.

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)—Expanding the research capacity at doctoral degree granting institutions that have a 50% or greater enrollment of racially/ethnically underrepresented biomedical science students.