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What is the W. Montague Cobb Institute?

A health disparities think tank focusing on Research, Mentorship, "All of Us" Research Program"-Precision Medicine and the signature Cobb Scholars Program.

The Cobb Institute’s primary objective is to conduct research on issues that impact African Americans and other medically underserved populations; to identify and review effective applications of interventions in a variety of settings, and examine and recommend the implementation of evidence-based interventions. As a data-driven organization, The Cobb Institute conducts research and performs analyses of data to examine the interrelationships among risk factors and diseases; to update scientific findings about the links between behavior factors, social determinants, and health; and to identify factors involved in health and disease for which research is not complete.


Membership Form: The Benefits of Membership

  • Online subscription to the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, which serves as the forum for the membership.

  • Invitation to attend the Annual W. Montague Cobb Scientific Symposium and Lectureship at the NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly with reduced registration fee. Also participate as Honored Guests at our Annual Awards and Honoree Reception held directly following the W. Montague Cobb Symposium and Lectureship.

  • Full access to all website content of The Cobb Institute and our continuing medical education (CME) library. The on-demand content is available on the website via the Cobb Scholars tab or via our BlueSky LMS Learning Platform tab. 

  • Opportunity to access and network with national research scholars and leaders.The benefits of the National Medical Association meeting attendance include collaboration with the NIH/NMA Traveling Fellows, The Post-Graduate Physician Section of the NMA, SNMA, AAMC and other organizations who focus upon mentoring young professionals in medicine and health careers and assist with their development.

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What is Precision Medicine?

According to the Precision Medicine Initiative, precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." This approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. It is in contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals.

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