Research Centers

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Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR)—addressing diseases unique to women, particularly those experienced at higher rates among minority populations. Current and future research studies at the CWHR are in the areas of reproductive health, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and social and environmental factors in women’s health, as well as health care access and quality.

Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research (CAHDR)—unraveling the biology of HIV/AIDS and seeking remedies for the populations most affected. The CAHDR has three major areas of focus: biology, behavioral, and community outreach. Researchers at the CAHDR study new mechanisms of HIV infections, pathogenesis, immunity, and development of novel means for intervention.

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Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience—understanding the brain’s circuitry/chemistry as it relates to human behavior and thereby treat dementia, Parkinson’s, addictions, and other psycho-social disorders. The mission of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience is to conduct research in all phases—basic, translational, clinical, social, and behavioral—that will generate new knowledge and perhaps reduce health disparities in neurological disease and mental health.

The Meharry Translational Research Center (MeTRC)—a research, training and collaborations infrastructure that serves as an incubator for Meharry scientists conducting translational research. The scientists in MeTRC are focused on advancing research and health care related to diseases and disorders that disproportionately impact the nation’s underrepresented minority populations.

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sickle-cell research

Meharry Sickle Cell Center— What happens several thousand times a year at Meharry? Blood testing for sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is one of the earliest known blood disorders, one that affects millions of people throughout the world, and, in the U.S., an estimated 90,000 African Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Meet the staff of the Sickle Cell Center and read about its services.

The Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence (HDRCOE)—The Health Disparities Research Center Center of Excellence (formerly known as EXPORT) examines how society, economics, culture, behavior, and biology impact health, with the aim of involving the community in the research process and improving the health and well-being of ethnic and racial minorities.

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The Data Science Center—provides a platform for Meharry to lead in big data analysis, precision medicine, computation health sciences and population health with the long-term aim of addressing health equity.