RCMAR Mission Statement

The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) are designed (1) to enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging research in priority areas of social, behavioral, and economic research on aging, and (2) to develop infrastructure to promote advances in these areas while simultaneously increasing the number of researchers focused on health disparities and the health and well-being of minority elders.

The program supports research at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational, with the goal to improve the health, well-being, function, and independence of older Americans. RCMARs encourage transdisciplinary social and behavioral science research on any theme addressed in the National Institute on Aging Strategic Plan https://www.nia.nih.gov/about/aging-well-21st-century-strategic-directions-research-aging. Consistent with the longstanding focus of the RCMAR program on minority aging research, Centers offer mentoring in health disparities and minority aging issues as a major component of their research education programs, thereby enhancing the potential impact of research supported by the program on all sectors of our aging society.

RCMAR is an initiative of the National Institutes on Aging.

RCMAR Coordinating Center (CC)

The RCMAR CC will facilitate and coordinate trans-RCMAR activities. The CC will work closely with the NIA Program Officer and, in coordination with all RCMAR sites, be responsive to requests generated by key RCMAR site personnel, NIA, NIH, the scientific community, and the general public

RCMAR Leadership

Each RCMAR is led by a Principal Investigator who oversees at least three RCMAR cores at his or her Center. Each RCMAR can involve one or several academic institutions. Click on the Center links above for information about the leadership of each RCMAR Center.

Deep South Research Center for Minority Aging Research (Deep South)
Director: Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD

Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC)
Director: W. Ladson Hinton, MD
Co-Directors: Heather Young, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD

Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders (CHIME)
Director: Carol M. Magione, MD, MSPH
Co-Director: O. Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS

National Coordinating Center*
Director: Steve Wallace, PhD
Co-Director: Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH
Director Emeritus: Janet Frank, DrPH

Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC)
Director: Anna M. Nápoles, MPH, PhD

Native Elder Research Center (NERC)
Director: Spero M. Manson, PhD
Co-Director: Dedra S. Buchwald, MD

Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)
Director: James S. Jackson, PhD
Co-Director: Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP

University of Southern California RCMAR (USC RCMAR)
Director: Dana Goldman, PhD
Co-Director: Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD

Our Structure

RCMAR centers located across the United States engage in scholarship and mentor emerging scholars. The National RCMAR Coordinating Center is housed at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, within the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The seven funded RCMAR centers of 2012-2017 are:

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Morehouse School of Medicine
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama
Deep South

University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
National Coordinating Center*

University of California, San Francisco

University of Colorado, Denver
University of Washington, Seattle

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Wayne State University

University of Southern California