The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is a 22 year-old collaborative research, community outreach, and faculty mentoring program based at Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan. Under the leadership of a coordinating center, it is one of eighteen national Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) and specialized Alzheimer’s focused projects funded by the National Institute on Aging to increase and enhance the diversity of the future scientific research workforce; mentoring promising new faculty and research scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging-related behavioral research.

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Eugene Odom: Long-Serving CAB Member

Eugene Odom: Long-Serving CAB Member

Mr. Eugene Odom has been a Community Advisory Board member since 2003. Born in Ohio, Mr. Odom came to Detroit at age four and continues to live there today. His career was interesting and varied. He first worked at Cadillac Motor, then served as a court liaison for 10 years in the Wayne County Substance Abuse Department, and then transitioned to a career in life insurance for several years before retiring…

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MCUAAAR/PRBA Summer Mentoring Program

MCUAAAR/PRBA Summer Mentoring Program

The Michigan Center for African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) and Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) is pleased to announce its 2021 Summer Mentoring Workshop on African American Research. The workshop is virtual and will take place June 2-4, 2020. Drs. Robert Joseph Taylor, Khari Brown and Amanda Woodward are the program faculty. The deadline to apply for the 2021 Summer Mentoring Program is April 19, 2021. This workshop emphasizes training in numerous areas including: 1) publishing in peer review journals, 2) writing grant proposals to the NIH, 3) the tenure process, 4) ethical conduct of research, 5) successful mentoring and collaborative relationships, and, most importantly, 6) how to navigate the academy. This workshop is for…

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Letha Chadiha, PhD – Former Co-Director of the Community Core

Letha Chadiha, PhD – Former Co-Director of the Community Core

My journey with the Michigan Center for Urban African American Research (MCUAAAR) team began in 2002 after transferring from Washington University-St Louis and joining the University of Michigan School of Social Work (UMSSW) faculty. After joining the SSW faculty…