NIH Renews Grant to CBU

Memphis – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) renewed for the second year Christian Brothers University’s (CBU) Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) grant. The $242,208 award for 2011 is the second allotment of over $1 million grant funding the MHIRT program at CBU which extends through 2014. This five years grant continues the training of undergraduate and graduate students in basic science, qualitative and clinical research.

MHIRT is an innovative science and research initiative involving CBU, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Tennessee State University; and provides funded summer research opportunities for students in basic science, public health education and qualitative projects in Brazil and Uganda. For 11 continuous years, CBU and the Mid-South Coalition for National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities have been funded by NIH.

“In this time of economic recession, when budgets are being cut and people are being laid off, it is wonderful that grants designed  to teach underserved populations of students continue to get funded,” notes Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, CBU professor of Biology and the principal founder of the Mid-South Coalition. “This grant provides students from underserved populations a chance to conduct research in Brazil or Uganda for 10-12 weeks.  But much more importantly, it allows participating students an opportunity they would not otherwise have.”

The majority of participants in the MHIRT program at CBU are students from local colleges and universities throughout the Mid-South. Upon completion of the program, students tend to be more competitive in graduate programs.  In the past ten years, over 175 students mainly from the Mid-South region have participated in the MHIRT program.  Eighty-five percent of these students have gone on to graduate programs.

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