Research Centers, Core Facilities
- Cancer Center
Interim Director: Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief, Division of General Surgery
The primary mission of this center is to reduce the incidence of cancer in the African-American community, both locally and nationally and to become a national resource with respect to epidemiology, prevention, control and treatment of cancer in African Americans. The Center staff consists of 18 M.D.s and 28 Ph.D.s. The Center's division of epidemiology and biostatistics is of particular interest to environmentally related research.
- Center for Infectious Diseases Management & Research
Director: Celia Maxwell, M.D., F.A.C.P.
HU CIDMAR is a Ryan White Title III Early Intervention Service Program that is dedicated to providing culturally competent, state of the art medical care. Our physicians and staff are trained to handle complex management and treatment of infectious diseases as well as coordinating specialty care services.
- Center for Sickle Cell Disease
Director: Victor Gordeuk, M.D.
The Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease was founded in 1972 by Dr. Roland B. Scott following the passage of the Sickle Cell Anemia Control Act of 1971 into U.S. Law. Because of Dr. Scott's efforts, legislation was developed and passed which authorized the implementation of a series of Comprehensive Centers for Sickle Cell Disease under the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Howard University Center was one of the centers to be developed under this concept. The Center provides for patient care, research, education, counseling, screening and community involvement concerning all aspects of sickle cell disease. All services of the Center are provided free of charge except for those services that involves Howard University Hospital. Screening tests for sickling disorders are done at the Center and are free.
- Collaborative Alcohol Research Center (CARC)
Director: Robert E. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.
The Howard University Collaborative Alcohol Research Center was established in September 1997 to stimulate, strengthen, and facilitate multidisciplinary research and collaborations that will lead to the reduction of alcohol morbidity and mortality among minority populations with emphasis on the African Americans.
The Center currently operates under the theme, “Biological Determinants of Alcohol Action in Minorities”. Since its inception, the Center has funded 23 research projects which include studies in basic science and studies involving human research. In addition, graduate education, faculty development, science education, and community outreach are also components of the center.
- DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities
- General Clinical Research Center
Director: Duane T. Smoot, M.D.
The Center is located within Howard University's Hospital. The Currently ongoing trials are:
- Mode Selection Trial in Sinus Node Dysfunction (MOST)
- African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK).
- Losartan Intervention for Endopoint Reduction (LIFE).
- Antihypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack (ALLHAT).
- Evaluation and Reduction of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease.
- Ethnic Factors in Alcohol Abuse Among African Americans (COG
- Laboratory of Evolutionary Biology
The Laboratory of Evolutionary Biology, a research group active within the Department of Anatomy since 1973, presently comprises five faculty members who are vertebrate paleontologists, together with their graduate students. Their individual and joint research projects focus on the morphology, systematics, and evolution of Cenozoic mammals of both the Old and New Worlds.
- National Human Genome Center (NHGC)
Director: Charles Rotimi, PhD
The NHGC at Howard University is a comprehensive resource for genomic research on African Americans and other African Diaspora populations, distinguished by a diverse social context for framing biology as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of knowledge gained from the Human Genome Project and research on genome variation. The vision for the NHGC is founded upon Howard University's history of providing leadership for America and the global community in the critical areas of education, health, and social justice.
- National Minority AIDS Education Training Center
Director: Goulda Downer, Ph.D.
This project, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been established at Howard University. The Institute's research involves examining how African Americans and Hispanics who are infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS respond to new treatments.
- Research Center in Minority Institutions
Director: William M. Southerland, Ph.D.
The RCMI Program focuses on the enhancement and further development of the necessary research infrastructure which will ensure the University’s ability to contribute to the investigation of those diseases. These research infrastructure components include the expansion of two research core laboratories: The Laboratory of Molecular Computations and Bioinformatics (LMCB) and the Biomedical NMR Laboratory (BNMR).
The core laboratories provide resource support to investigator-initiated projects. The LMCB provides resource support to biomedical research projects in the areas of molecular modeling and molecular dynamics simulations, bioinformatics, and quantum chemistry calculations. The BNMR laboratory provides support to projects involving biomedical imaging and structural NMR investigations.
- Specialized Neuroscience Research Program
This program, titled "Cebntral Autonomic Control, Aging and Oxidative Stress" supports three interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with investigators from eleven other research universities.
- Women's Health Institute
Director: Celia Maxwell, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The Women's Health Institute (WHI) at Howard University was established to develop and implement a comprehensive interdisciplinary University program that addresses the needs, issues and health of women of color . The Institute provides a conceptual framework in four areas of concentration.