New $1.7M NIH grant extends successful CCNY program for racial/ethnic minority scientists

NEW YORK, June 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- First launched in 2013, the Translational Research Training in Addictions for Racial/Ethnic Minorities (TRACC) programA at The City College of New York and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) set about increasing the number of scientists from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups conducting translational studies in addiction research. Seven years later, a $1,672,150 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is extending TRACC for another five years. It brings to more than $3 million NIH funding for the innovative and interdisciplinary research training and mentoring program.
New $1.7M NIH grant extends successful CCNY program for racial/ethnic minority scientists
Faculty from City College's Colin Powell School for Civic and Global LeadershipA head the renewed program, with Lesia RuglassA multiple principal investigator (PI) and her fellow psychologists Robert MelaraA and Teresa Lopez-Castro, both co-investigators.A A A TRACC has capitalized on CCNY's exceptional pool of diverse students, its renowned multidisciplinary faculty and a novel collaboration with substance use researchers at CUMC, Aimee CampbellA and Frances Levin. With the new funding, the program has now been expanded to Rutgers University, with multiple PI Denise Hien, and is now known as TRACC-RU."Rutgers not only expands the reach of this successful program, but broadens access to scientific and methodological expertise of mentors," said Ruglass. "TRACC-RU is supported by the mentorship of committed leaders in the addiction research field at CCNY and RU in partnership with faculty from the Division on Substance Use Disorders at CUMC to promote applied research training in two critically related ways."
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