Research centers in minority institutions

The Research Centers in Minority Institutions program is managed by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, one of the 27 institutes and centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal is to expand the research capacity of the nation by improving the human and physical research resources at doctoral degree granting institutions that have a 50 percent or greater enrollment of students who are racially/ethnically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Meharry Medical College successfully competed for one of the first RCMI awards in 1985 and since then has had more than 20 years of uninterrupted funding. The RCMI Program supports the infrastructure of shared resources across the campus including the Office for Research, the library, information technology, and various research core facilities. Of the current Meharry faculty, 18 were hired through the RCMI Program.

The RCMI program also has supported Meharry's research infrastructure in multiple scientific areas including neuroscience, cancer cell biology, environmental health and toxicology, infectious diseases, and oral biology. The current research focus of the RCMI program at Meharry is women's health in the Center for Women's Health Research and neurological health in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience.