The overall objective of the R-Center faculty recruitment program is to facilitate the development of Meharry's capacity to conduct clinical and translational research.
Specific Objectives of the program are:
- To establish a cadre of investigators engaged in sustained, independent clinical research who will serve as career models and mentors for developing clinical and translational scientists at Meharry.
- To provide skilled leadership for the Clinical Research Center that enables that unit to offer proactive, robust, and efficient services for clinical and translational research related to health disparities.
The faculty recruitment program is relevant to public health because it will increase the number of scientists at Meharry who are conducting research that directly involves patients. In addition, because the research focus of Meharry is health disparities, the faculty recruitment program will deepen our understanding of the reasons for striking differences in the health status of different sectors of the American public.
The means for attaining these aims will be to recruit a magnet physician-investigator and a second physician-scientist who, together with current faculty, will furnish a model of clinical science as a primary career commitment. These investigators will be expected to demonstrate for junior faculty, by example and by mentoring, the career path, skills and rewards of clinical and translational research in an academic setting. As part of this endeavor, the magnet scientist will be expected to lead the Clinical Research Center, using it as an instrument to develop junior investigators into independent, career scientists as well as to deepen our understanding of human health.