Specific Aim 1. Enhance MSU's health disparities research infrastructure and capacity within the areas of basic biomedical and behavioral/public health research in infectious diseases including sexually transmitted diseases, cancers and diabetes, addiction research and abuse prevention, social determinants of health, food security and health informatics.
Specific Aim 2. Enhance high-quality research including translational research on urban health and health disparities through increased external funding, publications and scientific services to the community.
Specific Aim 3. Facilitate collaborations between basic biomedical and social/behavioral faculty researchers and create a collaborative and supportive environment for faculty career development, especially for new and early career faculty.
Specific Aim 4. Build sustainable partnerships with two local research intensive institutions, Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Baltimore, as well as local government and community-based organizations dealing with health disparities.