DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant):
This proposal requests $4.0 million to renovate space in old Hubbard Hospital of Meharry Medical College to establish a unitary location for the Center for Women's Health Research (CWHRR). This renovated space will house a laboratory equipped for human cell biology studies; core facilities for endocrine assays, monitored exercise, radiological studies and behavioral studies; four faculty offices; a seminar room; and one examination room. These renovations will consolidate research on health issues that disproportionately affect women of color conducted by investigators in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology and psychiatry; the two foci of these studies are sexual and reproductive health and socio-behavioral dimensions of AIDS. Over the next 3-5 years the CWHR will strengthen these foci and enrich them by drawing in investigators in three other research areas represented at the college: breast cancer, health care access and quality, and social and environmental factors in women's health. In
addition to housing facilities for experimentation in the two focus areas, the renovated areas of the Center will provide a locus for scientific exchange among investigators in women's health by means of seminars and colloquia, and will provide a research-training center for students, residents, and faculty in women's health.