The Investigator Development Core identifies, selects, and mentors multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural investigators interested in research and interventions on the health of minority elders.
One of the chief aims of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research is to mentor scholars and junior investigators who are committed to contributing to the improvement of the quality and quatitiy of research on aging minority populations. The four major activities for this Core are: 1) Conducting the Summer Training Workshop on African Americans Aging Research; 2) Active mentoring of junior researchers through our MCUAAAR Pilot Scholars program; 3) Research and professional training workshops; 4) The dissemination of research on African Americans through the periodical "Perspectives". Robert J. Taylor, Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and Louis A. Penner, Ph.D. from Wayne State University are the Investigator Core leaders.
The Investigator Core funds and mentors research projects for junior African American and other underrepresented faculty. The focus of pilot projects has been identifying and developing potential pilot scholars and providing mentoring during proposal development.
The focus of this Initiative is to train investigators in translating research for public dissemination and having influence on health policy issues related to aging among diverse ethnic, race and gender groups in society.