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Elizabeth O. Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC | Association of Black Cardiologists

NIH FIRST Program Award Announced for Dr. Elizabeth Ofili of Morehouse School of Medicine. The NIH Common Fund Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program supports institutional efforts to hire diverse, early-career faculty cohorts and sustain cultures that benefit from the full range of scientific talent in the United States. Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) received funding to serve as the FIRST Coordination and Evaluation Center FOA (RFA-RM-21-019) to assess the impact of institutional culture change strategies and other innovative approaches implemented at FIRST Cohort sites. In addition to disseminating successful evidence-based practices and lessons learned across FIRST Cohort sites, MSM will establish The Louis W. Sullivan Award and the Donald E. Wilson Award for Inclusive Excellence.  A longtime colleague of the Cobb Institute, Dr. Ofili partners with the Cobb Institute to lead the Cobb Scholars Program as Principal Investigator for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) at MSM and she also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cobb Institute. Read about NIH Common Fund FIRST at https://commonfund.nih.gov/FIRST.

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      Enhancing Genetic and Genomic Literacy at the Community Level

 

Friday, October 29th, 1-2PM ET

 

The All of Us Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is connecting participant partners with their genetic information. Please RSVP for the fourth installment of the Communities Driving Research Webinar series, "Enhancing Genetic and Genomic Literacy at the Community Level."  In this episode, you will learn about the importance of increasing genetic and genomic literacy in our communities and how the program is helping participant partners and researchers learn more about the interplay between genetics, environment, lifestyle factors and health outcomes.

 

FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

National Research Mentoring Network RROC at MSM

Are you pursuing NIH awards (K, R, SC, U), a Diversity Supplement, or pilot grant? Or do you represent a senior researcher interested in supporting NRMN participants?

 

APPLY TO BE A PARTICIPANT                                    APPLY TO BE A COACH (SENIOR FACULTY)

 

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) U01 Research Study at Morehouse School of Medicine under Principal Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Ofili, offers a two-day Professional Development Meeting (possible virtual meeting) and a 9-month Grant Writing Coaching and Mock Study Section for junior faculty and early stage investigators (ESIs) who are actively writing NIH-style research proposals. The randomized controlled study is specifically designed to meet the needs of diverse investigators within Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions, Institutional Development Award (IDeA) states, and other NIH-funded emerging research institutions that are committed to workforce diversity. The deadline is 10/29/2021.

 

Click here for more information about NRMN.


 

What is the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health 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.

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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 the Annual W. Montague Cobb Scientific Symposium and Lectureship at the National Medical Association (NMA) Convention and Scientific Assembly with reduced registration fee. Participate as Honored Guests at our Annual Awards and Honoree Reception.

  • 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 NMA Convention attendance include collaboration with the NIH/NMA Traveling Fellows, The Post-Graduate Physician Section of the NMA, SNMA, AAMC and other organizations focused on 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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