Research Centers in Minority Institutions
The RCMI Program was established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The magnificence of this Program is in its mission: to give minority academic institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health sciences the opportunity to conduct research in a more competitive research environment, thereby meeting the unique and specific needs of the institutions. The RCMI supports the infrastructure and human health sciences. Here at UCC, we have been very fortune for going strong, since our first award in 1986; a new competitive proposal was approved for a five-year cycle (2009-2014). Over the past twenty five years, we have focused our needs on the creation of common areas such as: Animal Research Resources Center, Common Instrumentation Area, Computer and Research Information, Scientific Human Resources Development Unit, Office of Assistant Dean for Research, HIV Laboratory and HIV Registry, Behavioral Testing Facility, Biomedical Proteomics Facility, Immunocytochemistry Laboratory, Confocal Microscopy Unit, Neuronal Glial Culture Facility, Optical Imaging Facility, Protein & Nucleic Acid Core, Electron Microscopy Laboratory. The research centers are focused in neuroscience, cellular and molecular biology and retrovirus (HIV). Our scientific community has gained a great deal of experience since the inception of the RCMI at UCC; publications have increased and new proposals have been awarded. We feel proud of the progress we have made and what we have become. From our first computers to a present state-of-the-art research environment, the RCMI Program at UCC has truly accomplished our set goals, and ongoing research endeavors.