About Us

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.

In 2018, support for the RCMAR program was expanded to support additional centers focused on priority areas of social and behavioral science related to Alzheimer’s disease. See: https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr/behavioral-and-social-research-areas-alzheimers-disease

RCMAR is an initiative of the National Institutes on Aging.

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

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

Asian Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)
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University of Florida Resource Center for Minority Aging Research
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The Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)
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Stanford Aging & Ethnogeriatrics Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (SAGE)
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Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA)
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Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD)
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Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (NAD-RCMAR)
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Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center
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Carolina Center on Alzheimer’s Disease and Minority Research (CCADMR)
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Rio Grande Valley Alzheimer’s Resource Center for Minority Aging Research: Partnerships for Progress
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Columbia Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Alzheimer’s Disease Disparities (CIRAD)
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San Diego Resource Center for advancing Alzheimer’s Research in Minority Seniors (ARMS)
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The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research
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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 funded RCMAR centers of 2018 are:

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Morehouse School of Medicine
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama
Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
New York University
Princeton University
Asian Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Wayne State University
Michigan State University
University of Florida Resource Center for Minority Aging Research

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Wayne State University
Michigan State University
Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)

University of California
Los Angeles
Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC)

University of California
Los Angeles
Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders (CHIME)

University of Colorado -Denver
Washington State University
Native Elder Research Center (NERC)

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
The Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)

Stanford University
Stanford Aging & Ethnogeriatrics Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (SAGE)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD)

Washington State University
University of Colorado – Denver
Stanford University
Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (NAD-RCMAR)

University of Southern California
Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center

University of South Carolina at Columbia
Medical University of South Carolina
Clemson University, Allen University
Claflin University
South Carolina State University
Carolina Center on Alzheimer’s Disease and Minority Research (CCADMR)

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Rio Grande Valley Alzheimer’s Resource Center for Minority Aging Research: Partnerships for Progress

Columbia University Health Sciences
Columbia Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Alzheimer’s Disease Disparities (CIRAD)

University of California, San Diego
San Diego State University
San Diego Resource Center for advancing Alzheimer’s Research in Minority Seniors (ARMS)

Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research