The Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network leverages the expertise, infrastructure and resources of the member research institutions to accelerate the quality and pace of transformative research on diseases that disproportionately affect underserved populations and communities.
Engagement and participation in cross-disciplinary, multi-site research and activities supported by RTRN enables our researchers to capitalize on expertise, resources and partnerships. Through RTRN, local health providers, caregivers and patients can identify opportunities to expand their understanding and utilization of health information and resources.
Our diverse RTRN community, its faculty and staff, partners and sponsors and most important, our communities, are integrated in ways that facilitate the sharing of information for more successful health outcomes.
The Strategic Goals of RTRN are to:
- Enhance infrastructure to facilitate multi-site, cross-disciplinary translational research, especially research focused on addressing health disparities
- Enhance processes to increase the efficiency of conducting multi-site clinical trials and translational research
- Enhance web-based research, training, and educational resources for investigators, health care providers, research participants, and the general public
RTRN MISSIONResearch Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network (RTRN) fosters and supports inter-institutional collaboration to maximally leverage outcomes, resources and expertise across member RCMI institutions, enhancing research capacity and accelerating the understanding and treatment of diseases, with a focus on those that disproportionately affect underserved communities.
RTRN VISIONRTRN will lead health science innovation that focuses on improving the health of underserved communities and be a valued resource of health related research for these communities.
RTRN Value StatementRTRN unites academic researchers, medical professionals and community partners through technology and health science innovation to reduce health disparities. RTRN was established in 2007 by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the minority research universities, colleges and medical schools of the RCMI program under a common goal of fostering collaborations across RCMI institutions, with the aim of improving minority health and reducing health disparities. Collaborations within and beyond the RCMI community are expected to promote joint grant applications and publications and accelerate the pace of basic, clinical and translational research.