UAB has received a five-year, $2.38-million renewal grant from the National Institute on Aging for the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. The RCMAR, housed in the UAB Center for Aging, is a collaborative partnership of four unique Southern institutions with complementary strengths: UAB, Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama.
The Deep South RCMAR focuses on health problems particularly prevalent among older African-Americans in rural and urban settings. Specific aims include providing high-quality research training and individualized career-development support for faculty and identifying and mentoring outstanding, diverse faculty committed to academic careers in health disparities and aging research.
The center supports innovative, high-impact pilot projects and provides expertise and resources for working collaboratively with communities and for the recruitment and retention of older African-Americans in research. Additional aims are to provide expertise and resources for culturally sensitive measurement and analysis and disseminate research results to scientific, professional and lay audiences.
The Deep South REMAR is one of seven such centers across the United States.