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ARTICLE Issue 003

Howard University Awarded $1 million for NIH-Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program By Chanda Macias, Ph.D.

Dr. Chanda Macias is the Program Coordinator of the MHIRT Grant


Moulaye Haidera and a colleague from Mali use GPS to map mosquito larval pools in thevillage of Missira, Nigeria in a study titled, Chloroquine versus Artemisin Combination Therapy against Malaria in Missira

Under the direct leadership of Dr. Winston Anderson, PI; Dr. Broderick Eribo, (co-PI), Department of Biology; Dr. Vernon Morris, (co-PI), Department of Atmospheric Sciences; and Dr. Georgia Dunston, (co-PI), Department of Microbiology; Howard University was awarded $1 million for the NIH-Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT).

The goal of the MHIRT program is to successfully train undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for transition into biomedical and behavioral research careers. The students’ research will focus on infectious disease and pathogenesis, genome mapping and biomarker discovery, and study of diseases that disproportionately affect African populations.

MHIRT program locations include renowned international, top research sites in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Ghana. Students will be mentored by highly experienced U.S. scientists, including HU’s Dr. Courtney Robinson, assistant professor, biology; and Dr. Michael Lipscomb, assistant professor, biology, with aims to expose future leaders to the breadth of biomedical and behavioral sciences.


The study, Correlation of the prevalence of Hemoglobin S, anemia, and Plasmodium falciparum malarial infection among children in the villages Sirakoroba and Kolokani, Mali, was conducted by Biology undergraduate Nicole Ramsey; and Moussa Cisse and Boubacar Diallo, M.D., Ousmane Koita, Ph.D., from the University of Mali.

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