Junior Faculty RFA

Participant Resource Pool
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.

Community Partners

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 Call for Proposals

MCUAAAR Call for Proposals

Proposals are sought that support junior investigator-initiated research pilot projects that can lead to independent NIH-funded projects. Collaborative research projects that involve faculty from more than one department, school or institute are also encouraged. Proposals for behavioral and social science research that focus on the mental and physical health of older African-Americans are encouraged from all academic disciplines that address issues relevant to this topic. Proposals should recognize the importance of a person’s life course development as it relates to the specific research question of interest. Some examples of these issues include: quality of life, stress and coping, health effects of prejudice and discrimination, caregiving, social support, family life, cognition, mental disorders, morbidity and mortality, healthcare utilization, work and retirement…

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Susan Frazier-Kouassi, Ph.D. MCUAAAR’s First Administrative Coordinator

Susan Frazier-Kouassi, Ph.D. MCUAAAR’s First Administrative Coordinator

I was working in the School of Public Health in 1998 when Dr. Cleo Caldwell mentioned a new position envisioned by Dr. James Jackson in the Program for Research on Black Americans. The position had not yet been posted, but she thought that I was the ideal person for the job. Almost a year later, I applied for the job and realized that I had come full circle. In 1980, after…