The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) 

The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is a collaborative research and administrative effort based on the campuses of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. It is one of seven centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) to empirically investigate and reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults.

The MCUAAAR is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging  NIA in an effort to:

  • Establish a mechanism for mentoring researchers for careers in research on the health of minority elders
  • Enhance diversity in the professional workforce conducting research on the health of minority elders
  • Develop and deploy strategies for recruiting and retaining minority group members in epidemiological, psychosocial, and/or biomedical research dealing with the health of the elderly

Our research, training and community-based activities are implemented through four interacting components: the Community Liaison and Recruitment Core, the Research Education Component Core, the Analysis Core and the Administrative Core. 

Please download our brochure for a brief description of the center's mission and cores.

Request for Junior Faculty Research Mentoring Funding Opportunity
We are currently accepting applications to support junior investigator-initiated research pilot projects that can lead to independent NIH-funded projects. Collaborative research projects that involve faculty from more than one department, school or institute are also encouraged. For more information and to apply visit: MCUAAAR 2020-2021 Scientist RFA MCUAAAR.
Competed applications must be submitted by January 13, 2020.

Summer Training Workshop on African American Aging Research

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Summer Mentoring Workshop on African American Aging Research sponsored by the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. The workshop has been held every year since 1998 and it is our plan to hold it again in June 2021 on the campus of the University of Michigan. With the uncertainty of what travel and community spread restrictions will be in early June, along with the disruptions we are all facing to our personal and professional lives, we feel our best course of action is cancellation.

The workshop was to take place June 3-5, 2020 at the University of Michigan. Drs. Robert Joseph Taylor, Khari Brown and Amanda Woodward were the program faculty. Historically, this workshop has been, and continues to be, for junior (non-tenured) faculty and advanced graduate students. The primary objectives are on research skill enhancement, career mentoring, and professional development. The Workshop takes a life-span/course approach to African American aging. As such, scholars who do research exclusively on African American aging, as well as those who do research on issues that have a life span/course emphasis (e.g., inter-generational relationships, health disparities, adult mental health, health care utilization, religious participation, and social support networks), have found it useful.

Please check back on our website for details regarding the 2021 Workshop.

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