Three projects are funded as part of the center. In a study led by the University of Miami, we will develop new statistical methods to predict risk of disparities, starting with cervical cancer. Vanderbilt University Medical Center will examine genetic risk factors contributing to health disparities and will characterize the relative contribution of genetic risk factors for asthma and pre-term birth, two conditions with substantial disparities in health outcomes among African Americans and Latinos. Vanderbilt University will lead a study of person-specific obesity treatment for African American and Latino Men.


Research Cores

The Collaborative has five Cores developing capacity to use precision medicine methods to study health disparities

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core uses deliberate strategic planning, efficient management, and data-driven approaches to ensure the Collaborative reaches its overall goals and successfully completes the aims of for Cores and research projects.

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Biospecimen and Clinical Data Core

The Biospecimen and Clinical Data Core (BCDC) will leverage clinical, genetic, socioeconomic, and environmental data across participating institutions to facilitate disparities research and drive the development of new analytical methods to better account for disease outcomes across diverse populations.

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Consortium Core

The Consortium Core engages and integrates community and academic partners with interest in health equity and/or precision medicine into the center’s activities.

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Implementation Core

The Implementation Core will foster the dissemination and implementation of precision medicine for racial and ethnic minorities while meeting the needs and preferences of minority communities.

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Training and Mentoring Core

The overall goal of the Training and Mentoring Core is to fill the cross-training gap between genomics research and health disparities research.

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Person-specific obesity treatment for middle-aged African American and Latino men

The Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University is a university-wide research center with a two-pronged …

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Using a Biobank and Electronic Health Records to Characterize Genome Variation Affecting Health Disparities

The goals of this project are to build resources that make it easier to identify the genetic component to observed health …

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Precision Disparity Modeling of Cervical Cancer Survival Using Genomic and Social Determinants

This project aims to better understand why certain population sub-groups persistently contribute to excess cancer risk…

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