Center for Collaborative Research in Health Disparities
The goal of the Center for Collaborative Research in Health Disparities for the next five years is to develop a more efficient and competitive research infrastructure at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC) to conduct translational studies in health disparities affecting the Puerto Rican population.
Towards this end, the RCMI Program will focus on the following specific aims:
- Developing an efficient and agile research infrastructure to provide services that will facilitate the conduct of multidisciplinary collaborative research in health disparities;
- Targeting specific technical and health disparities areas for development and provide initial funding for research activities to support them, and
- Promoting the professional development of faculty, graduate students, and technical personnel working on these areas.
The Center has been structured into three main components. The Division of Research Resources includes five key activities that provide research support services: the Translational Proteomics Center, the Center for Translational Genomics in Health Disparities and Rare Disorders, the Infectious and Global Diseases Program, the Translational Neurosciences Program at the Institute of Neurobiology, and the Center for Information Technologies and Telecommunications. The Collaborations and Partnerships activity has also been included in this division to facilitate coordination among the five activities and assure that collaborative efforts are encouraged, promoted, and disseminate within and outside the Medical Sciences Campus.
The Division of Research Development includes three additional key activities: Professional Development, Recruitment and Hiring, and the Pilot Project Program. These three key activities provide a focal point for fostering research career development.
The Administration Core, a component of the Division of Research Management oversees and supports all key activities, monitors and measures progress, and provides cohesiveness and direction at a program level through the implementation of an Advanced Management Program.