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Research Excellence

People of color are frequently left out of data collection and analysis. Leaving out people of color also hurts patients of other ethnicities. As science and medicine attempt to understand the entirety of the human condition and develop healthcare that is specialized, cost-effective, and efficient, the work will be incomplete if a large part of the population is ignored.

For many diseases, African Americans have the highest death rate of any racial group in the United States. The causes are many, and include social and economic disparities that result in inequitable access to opportunities, resources, education, housing, and medical care, including early detection and treatment.

MSM is committed to diversifying the health-sciences workforce as well as the body of research on African-American patients — a mission that will lead to a greater understanding of human history, 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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