The World Needs

Breakthroughs that
Benefit All Populations

Research Excellence

Morehouse School of Medicine stands at the forefront of anticipating and responding to the needs of vulnerable communities that have traditionally suffered the most from disease, pandemics, and other public-health crises.

We have stepped up to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority, rural, and socially vulnerable populations by accelerating emerging-pathogens research and establishing partnerships to test novel therapies and bring new solutions to market.

All the while, MSM has remained committed to diversifying the health-sciences workforce and the body of research on Black patients — a mission that will lead to a greater understanding of human biology, disease, and the therapeutic options that can benefit everyone.

“I never would have known I could do this if it weren’t for this program. It made me want to work with underserved populations, and to serve communities like the one I came from.”

Amber Watters, M.D.


Morehouse School of Medicine — through Morehouse Healthcare and many community partners — sees thousands of patients a year. Most of these patients are African American and come from the underserved communities that have so little representation in research.

We have the reach, the capability, and the track record to improve enrollment of African Americans in clinical trials, as well as collect biospecimen samples that we can analyze and apply in a more inclusive body of research.

Our researchers do not just drop into communities, collect data, and disappear to publish papers; they are committed to working collaboratively with underserved communities to address the diseases that affect them most.

They do so through a variety of programs and institutes at Morehouse School of Medicine, including:

The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, created by Dr. David Satcher, the renowned physician and pioneer in public health who served as the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health and the 16th Surgeon General of the United States. The Institute’s mission is to develop a diverse group of exceptional health leaders, support innovative strategies, and actively promote policies and practices that will eliminate disparities in health.

The National Center for Primary Care, which serves as a national resource for encouraging professionals to pursue primary care, develop innovative interventions, and serve underserved areas.

The Neuroscience Institute, which focuses on the functional organization of the nervous system and seeking ways to reduce suffering brought about by neurological disorders.

The Cancer Health Equity Institute, which brings together molecular scientists, population health researchers, and clinical investigators to discover new ways to prevent and combat cancers and improve outcomes.

The Cardiovascular Research Institute, one of the first of its kind at a historically minority institution, which focuses on advancing cardiovascular research and education.

The Clinical Research Center, which serves as the first freestanding, outpatient research facility of its kind and focuses on clinical and translational research in minority and underrepresented communities.

The Georgia AIDS Education and Training Center, which helps clinicians provide quality HIV care.

The Prevention Research Center, which advances community-based participatory research and trains researchers, public health practitioners, and clinicians. Funded by the CDC in 1998, the center is governed by a coalition of neighborhood residents, academic institutions, and health and social service agencies.

For many diseases, African Americans have the highest death rate in the United States.

MSM is diversifying the health sciences workforce and the body of research to benefit African-American patients.

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