Research Centers and Institutes

MSM’s research centers and institutes enhance productivity in focused areas of investigation. The capability of each provides an excellent foundation for enhancing basic, clinical and community-based research at MSM.

Established in 1999, the institute’s mission is to improve the health outcomes of individuals with cardiovascular disease by bridging the basic science disciplines of molecular biology, genetics and physiology with the disciplines of clinical investigation, epidemiology and community-based interventions. It is one of the first cardiovascular institutes of its kind at a Historically Black College or University

Center for Digital Health

The Center of Excellence for the Validation of Digital Health Technologies and Clinical Algorithms (Center for Digital Health), led by Drs. Muhammed Idris, PhD and Marilyn Foreman, MD, is supported as part of a 10-year commitment by Novartis and other partners as part of the Beacon of Hope Initiative to focus on research on intersection of race and equity within the context of emerging digital health technologies, including AI/ML, development and application if bas-free digital technologies, and training of scientists and leaders to inform quality prevention, clinical care, and health policy guidance.

Established in 1998, the National Center for Primary Care has the unique distinction of being the only congressionally sanctioned center in the country dedicated to promoting optimal healthcare options for all, with a special focus on serving underserved communities.

Neuroscience Institute

Established in 1994, this institute seeks to create a supportive and challenging environment for the investigation and teaching of the functional organization of the nervous system and to pursue ways to reduce suffering brought about by neurological disorders. It is the first ‘center of excellence’ cooperative agreement program at a Historically Black College or University.

Prevention Research Center

Established in 1998, it is part of a network of academic research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These centers are designed to achieve local and national health objectives focused on gaining knowledge on the best methodologies for solving the nation’s obstinate health problems. The centers also collaborate with community partners, federal, state, and local health and education agencies and other universities.

The Center of Excellence on Health Disparities

Established in 2002 with funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), milestones range from increasing the number of publications on health disparities research areas to acquiring new grants to collaborating with diverse community partners. Core activities include studies in mental health, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular, diabetes, maternal and child health, and cancer.

The mission is to develop a diverse group of public health leaders, foster and support leadership strategies, and influence policies and practices toward the reduction and ultimate elimination of disparities in health. The focus is on neglected diseases and underserved populations, while giving priority to health promotion and disease prevention.