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Center On Health Disparities

Welcome To The Center On Health Disparities

As you navigate our site, we hope you gain a better understanding of health disparities and how the initiatives developed by the Center are helping to eliminate inequities in health care. To learn more, you may want to start with the Vision, Mission, and Goals for the Center on Health Disparities. We also encourage you to pay special attention to our primary areas of focus:

  • Research Training Programs
  • Health Disparities Research
  • Community Engagement

We appreciate your interest, and we urge you take an active role alongside us in eliminating health disparities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Center News



Congratulations to Bryan McKiver for his poster presentation award at the Mid-Atlantic PREP and IMSD Research Symposium (MAPRS)! Way to go Bryan!


IMSD scholar Stephanie Osei pursues her passion for medicine in the classroom and the lab.


Congratulations to PREP alumna Josly Pierre-Louis for winning the prestigious predoctoral training fellowship from the Ford Foundation!


Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Martinez for successfully defending her PhD!
Dr. Martinez was a biomedical engineer and IMSD Undergraduate at VCU who worked with Dr. Chris Lemmon. 
Dr. Martinez will be doing a post doc in Biotech in Charlottesville focused on Computational Biology and Autoimmune Diseases.


Congratulations to the VCU CoHD Alumni/Former VCU Faculty featured in this article.


Congratulations to IMSD Undergrad Alumna Eden Zewdu on her new position in 2020.


Congratulations to the following VCU PREP scholars for their Poster awards at ABRCMS 2020:

Vidal Bejar-Padilla - best poster Cell Biology (PREP)
Poster title: Perturbing α-catenin-Dependent Vinculin Recruitment to Adherens Junctions Affects Vinculin Recruitment to Focal Adhesions
Mentor: Daniel Conway, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering


Tasia Bos - best poster Biochemistry (PREP)
Poster title: 
The Mechanism of Therapy-Induced Senescence and Senolytic Agents in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment
Mentor: Hisashi Harada, PhD, Philips Institute for Oral Health Research

Chardane Logan - best poster Neuroscience (PREP)
Poster title: Differential Effects of Heterotypic Stress on Behavior Stress in Males and Females
Mentor: Gretchen Neigh, PhD, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology



Feature story about Gladys Shaw, IMSD PhD Program Alumna


"On Being a Black Photographer"
Original video essay on CBS This Morning


Congratulations to Gladys A. Shaw (IMSD Fellow), Molly M. Hyer (IRACDA Fellow), Gretchen N. Neigh et al on the publication of your recent article!


A decade of funding makes VCU a leader in finding diverse talent that biomedical sciences have been missing. 


Congratulations to Nana Afia Twumasi-Ankrah, IMSD Undergraduate scholar, for being named a 2020 Goldwater Scholar!


Congratulations to Nancy Sey, IMSD Undergraduate Affiliate, who was awarded a 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. 


Congratulations to Dr. Salma Omer for successfully defending her PhD. Salma is an IMSD alumna who graduated VCU with a bachelor's in Chemistry in 2015. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. 


President Rao's State of the University Address highlights our Center's work to support research education for all scholars and mentions Valentina Posada (IMSD Undergraduate) and Stanley Cheatham (VCU PREP scholar).


VCU 50:  Commemorating History:  
Challenges and Opportunities Symposium.  The presentation was Session 5 - Building a Diverse Community of Scientists:  A Decade of VCU Center on Health Disparities.   

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We have over 75 mentors who have demonstrated excellence in research and training of undergraduate and pre- and postdoctoral students. Click on Dr. Teves' name below to read about our current Mentor of the Month.    


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Our Mentees are accomplishing great things. Click on the name Gabi Gentile, Sarah Izabel, or Jonathan Lindsay here or below to experience a “Minute with a Mentee” and hear how our programs have helped each of them on their journey to fulfilling their dreams.









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