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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Junior Faculty Research Mentoring and Funding Opportunity FY2021-2022

The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) and the Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center (MRDRC) are issuing a special call for proposals from junior faculty. This is a special call for retirement or disability research proposals that focus…

Robert Joseph Taylor Receives Inaugural James Jackson Outstanding Mentor Award

Robert Joseph Taylor Receives Inaugural James Jackson Outstanding Mentor Award

Robert Joseph Taylor, MSW, PhD, FGSA, is the recipient of the Inaugural James Jackson Outstanding Mentor Award from the Gerontological Society of American for 2021. This award recognizes outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging. As a recent indication of that commitment, Dr. Taylor conceived, organized, and directed an innovative Summer Mentoring Workshop…

Where Are They Now?

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…

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