Northwestern Medicine has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to prepare the next generation of scientists committed to research that improves minority health and reduces health disparities.
The Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (NU-MHRT) will be funded by a five-year training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The program will provide health disparities research training experiences to minority and other underrepresented students and trainees, supporting early career development to 10 trainees per year from diverse backgrounds as they progress to the next stage in their health sciences-related research career.
“This grant is a dream come true for me and is highly important to Feinberg and Northwestern as it is the first training grant solely focused on minority health and health disparities research across the research continuum,” said principal investigator Dr. Melissa Simon, the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology and vice chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
This is the inaugural grant for the newly founded Center for Health Equity Transformation, a joint center between the medical school’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, where Dr. Simon is is co-leader of the Cancer Control and Survivorship Research Program.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 09