The National Institutes of Health established the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program in 1985, after Congress noted stark health disparities between minority and white Americans. The RCMI program develops and strengthens the research infrastructure of minority institutions by expanding human and physical resources for conducting basic, clinical, and translational research. The program supports four grants: 1) RCMI Center awards, 2) RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (RCTR), 3) Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD), and 4) RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN). Institutions receiving these awards must award doctoral degrees in the health professions or health-related sciences and have a significant enrollment of students from racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical sciences.
Tuskegee University is one of sixteen institutions that receives funding from this program, for the purposes of increasing not only the presence of minority researchers in biomedicine but also studies in minority health. At Tuskegee University this funding has been used in multiple ways, most notably was the establishment of The Center for Biomedical Research (CBR)/RCMI Core Facility. This Core Facility enhances multidisciplinary research infrastructure for Tuskegee University by providing the resources, services and technical support required to not only stay on the cutting-edge of biomedical research but also forge new paths. This primary goal is achieved by providing instrumentation and personnel in two Cores. Core One addresses the need for lab instrumentation and Core Two provides resources in the areas of bioinformatics, computational biology and information technology.
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a National Institute of Health division, supports the Tuskegee University Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), as well as these programs: RCMI Faculty Development (FD) Award, RCMI Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative (RCRII), RCRII Clinical Research Faculty Development (CRFD) Award, and RCMI Planning Grants (PG).
- Facility access is controlled and monitored using electronic keypad locks. Users can request a unique 4-digit access code after being trained on equipment of interest. Requests are made by completing and submitting the Access Acknowledgment-fillable.pdf to Jason White.
- Equipment use is scheduled via the Core's Google Calendar. Login details are provided during instrument training.
- A complete listing of Core I facilities and resources has been compiled. TU RCMI Facilities and Resources 2014.docx
- All presentations, posters and publications containing data generated using this facility should cite the RCMI Core grant number (G12MD007585-23); moreover, publications must be placed into PubMed Central (PMC). Once entered into PMC, the PMID and PMCID numbers are evidence of core productivity. Yearly, NIH uses these numbers to determine the impact of CBR/RCMI Core facilities, for the purpose of assessing the level of future funding. More information can be found at the following sites: PubMed Central, NIH Manuscript Submission System, and NIH Public Access Policy.