Welcome To The Center On Health Disparities

As you navigate our site, we hope you gain a better understanding of health disparities and how the initiatives developed by the Center are helping to eliminate inequities in health care. To learn more, you may want to start with the Vision, Mission, and Goals for the Center on Health Disparities. We also encourage you to pay special attention to our primary areas of focus:

We appreciate your interest, and we urge you take an active role alongside us in eliminating health disparities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.



Check out our Alumni Spotlight highlighting our research training alumni!



Congratulations to IMSD undergraduate Sislia Mahmoodi, who won Best Poster* at ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) in Phoenix, AZ, which was held in early Nov, 2017. 

*Tissue-specific knockout of PP2A-Aa In mouse neural progenitors during development to explore fundction and impact inCNS disease and the DNA damage response


Congratulations to Jaz-Munn Johnson who received the Black History in the Making Award.

Congratulations to Raven Smith, Linda Alexander, Zoe Villamar and Justin Moore who win awards at national conference for undergraduate minority researchers.

Congratulations to IMSD undergraduate scholar Michael Kiflezghi for becoming a semi-finalist for the 2016 - 2017 Fulbright U. S. Student Program!

Congratulations to IMSD undergraduate scholars Sarah Izabel and Lizette Carrasco for being awarded the 2016 HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program Fellowship for summer research! See the full article about Sara Izabel and Lizette Carrasco winning the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship. 

VCU's Center on Health Disparities research training scholars are blazing a trail highlighting underrepresented students and faculty in the biomedical sciences field. See the article in VCU News about our scholars HERE!