Scientific Agenda

The 2019 Conference will highlight the importance of collaborations in basic and biomedical science, behavioral science, and clinical science and health services to address minority health and health disparities.

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The RCMI 2019 National Conference is designed to create a forum for a multidisciplinary, collaborative, and intellectual exchange. This meeting presents research opportunities to share new and innovative approaches, develop the next generation of health disparities researchers, extend the reach and visibility of communities whose interest is improving health outcomes, and address the needs assessment and education gaps identified from surveys of RCMI U54 Centers principal investigators and program administrators.

The agenda will include invited keynote/plenary lectures by nationally recognized scholars, oral and poster presentations, and technical workshops for investigators, trainees, clinicians, and community partners.


The Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Morehouse School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of up to 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent to their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in accordance with ACCME guidelines requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by MSM for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and the appropriateness of patient care recommendations. Full disclosure of speaker relationships will be made at this activity.

Target Audience

The 2019 Conference attendees represent the RCMI Programs and their collaborators and community partners. This year's conference will allow participants to showcase science, share models and best practices to coordinate across objectives, provide networking opportunities for “birds-of-a-feather” investigators, and welcome new centers. Junior investigators will present and receive feedback on their projects, and scientific sessions will be organized around the three categories of research supported by the RCMI program: basic biomedical science, behavioral science, and clinical science/health services.

In addition to the All of Us research program, other NIH-funded cohort studies (e.g., Jackson Heart Study, HCHS/SOL, ABCD) will be featured in the program. Key strategic sessions will address RCMI Centers Investigator Development; Center Evaluators, administration, and evaluation to leverage activities and capacity across institutions; and broader NIH Center and agency funding opportunities.