A new consortium backed by Tulane University, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has awarded collaborative research grants to two teams of investigators at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine fighting health disparities in the Mississippi Delta.
The Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium, which was launched this summer, created the 2018 Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) Awards in Health Disparities Research to give seed funding of up to $75,000 to support innovative, interdisciplinary, team-based health disparities research in the region.
“The CORNET Awards create a powerful synergy by pulling together complementary strengths among our Delta Consortium partners,” said Dr. Laura S. Levy, vice president for research at Tulane. “The awards demonstrate our commitment to address significant problems of health disparity through a team approach.”
The 2018 CORNET Award winners are:
“Through the work that the Delta Consortium is doing, we know there is an increased interested among our researchers to find solutions to complex health issues faced by people in our region,” said Dr. Steven R. Goodman, vice chancellor for research at UTHSC. “The high response to the CORNET Awards opportunity and the potential impact the two winning projects will have for our community members is overwhelming. I congratulate all the selected collaborative team members.”
Envisioned by Dr. Levy, Dr. Goodman, and Dr. Richard L. Summers, vice chancellor for research at UMMC, the CORNET Awards in Health Disparities funding opportunity was first announced to investigators in July at the inaugural Delta Clinical and Translational Health Disparities Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
“UMMC is proud to support the recipients of the CORNET in Health Disparities Research Awards,” Dr. Summers said. “There is tremendous power in collaboration and we look forward to seeing the difference these projects will make in the lives of our children and how they will impact the quality and management of healthcare for our most marginalized populations.”