Morgan State University Joins Effort to Address Health and Neuroscience Research Disparities

Health and Neuroscience

BALTIMORE – Morgan State University partners with the nation’s first African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative (AANRI) to close the gap in research that has consistently underrepresented African Americans and to create the most comprehensive African-ancestry, brain-genomic data set in the world, with the ultimate goal to develop new therapeutics and prevention strategies for brain disorders. The collaboration comes as the investment management firm Brown Capital Management (BCM) and the State of Maryland today announced $2.25 million in startup funding for the initiative.

The AANRI is a partnership between prominent community leaders in Baltimore, MD, and the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD), an independent, not-for-profit medical research institute working to develop new treatments for brain disorders. The AANRI aims to establish a road map to help close the gap in health disparities and ensure that genomic research and neuroscience studies are representative of individuals across all populations, including African ancestry.

“This is a unique opportunity that directly connects to our mission as an urban research university and will allow our faculty and students to engage in important scientific study with the potential for meaningful outcomes that benefit a community that we serve,” said David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “We look forward to lending our resources to this important undertaking and applaud Brown Capital Management for its continued investment into the lives and well-being of African Americans, as well as the Lieber Institute for spearheading this dynamic, collaborative effort.”

In partnering with AANRI, Morgan State University has committed to develop collaborative projects to promote diversity in scientific research. Designated Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University and the state’s largest HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Morgan will work together with LIBD to develop student engagement opportunities, faculty collaborations and health disparity outreach, while promoting diversity in scientific research through seminars, workshops, student internships, and faculty training at the Lieber Institute.