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About Us

The RCMI Program at Hunter College of the City University of New York was established in 1985 through the vision of James Wyche, Harvey Ozer (former Program Coordinators for the Hunter RCMI Program) and Richard Mawe (former Program Director of the Hunter RCMI Program) with the support of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program. In 2012, the RCMI Program was transferred to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after the closing of the National Center for Research Resources.


The RCMI program funds the Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR) for Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Health Outcomes, formerly the Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function (Gene Center), a consortium of researchers from the Hunter College departments of biology, chemistry, psychology, physicsanthropology and the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. Since the CTBR’s inception, the growing number of papers published in peer-reviewed journals and the number and amount of grants obtained by the faculty have been the most visible hallmarks of its success. The CTBR provides a vibrant research environment marked by workshops on cutting-edge research techniques; frequent research colloquia and seminars by guest scientists; an annual international symposium, which is a major event on the New York scientific calendar; and a strong emphasis on collaborative translational research. In addition, the CTBR encourages bright undergraduates, especially from groups underrepresented in the sciences, to develop a career in biomedical research by hosting a Summer Program for Undergraduate Research.


The CTBR is a key partner in the Clinical and Translational Science Center, an enterprise that also includes the Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.  The Clinical Translational Science Center was established in 2007 with the aim of accelerating translational research. The overall goal is to facilitate the transition of laboratory work into state-of-the-art clinical research (T1 research), provide research that improves patient care (T2) and health outcomes in the general community (T3). The CTBR also participates in a national consortium, the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN) which facilitates collaboration, large scale projects and sharing of facilities among Research Centers in Minority Institutions.


The CTBR is supported by the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health. Grant Number 8 G12 MD007599-27 (formerly NCRR Grant #G12 RR003037).


NIH Funding

  • NIH funding rank among all RCMIs - 7th
  • NIH funding rank among RCMIs without a Medical School (8) - 2nd
  • $15.3M award from NIMHD for 2011-2016
  • $13.2M award from NCRR for 2005-2010
  • $530K award from NIDA for the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) for 2011-2015
  • $1.5M ARRA award in 2009