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Minority Health International Research Training Program

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Elizabeth City State University's Department of Chemistry & Physics in the School of Mathematics Science and Technology announces the Minority Health and Health Disparities Minority International Research Training (E-MHIRT) program, funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institute of Health (NCMHD). The program provides opportunities for minority students to gain valuable international biomedical/public health research experience under the tutelage of prominent African scientists in southern Africa.

A major goal of the Elizabeth City State University MHIRT Program (E-MHIRT) is the cultivation of a global research culture on minority health and health disparities in which E-MHIRT participants (students and faculty) and their African counterparts present a united front to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities in their own communities. The program provides international research training opportunities in two areas:(1) Drug Discovery to improve and increase treatment modalities for health disparity diseases and (2) Survey of risk factors for elevated blood glucose.

Major issues on minority health and health disparities include (1) the problem of drug availability, affordability and efficacy and (2) diabetes is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in minority communities. All E-MHIRT scholars are expected to pursue careers that will empower them to contribute directly and effectively to reducing health disparities. Ten trainees will be selected each year with six receiving international research training in drug discovery and the other four in diabetes-related research. Following their international research training, each MHIRT will be assisted academically and in preparing for graduate studies.

Sponsored by: NCMHD