Call for Manuscripts

Call for Manuscripts

Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Special Issue Title: Proceedings of the 2022 Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Consortium National Conference

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2022

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Special Issue Introduction:

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), entitled “Proceedings of the 2022 Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Consortium National Conference”, to highlight the research advances reported virtually on March 16, 2022 – March 18, 2022 (https://www.rcmi-cc.org/). IJERPH is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

Building on the successes of previous RCMI national and international symposia on health disparities, the 2022 RCMI Consortium National Conference theme is Inclusive Excellence, and the scientific sessions and oral and poster presentations will showcase the best science across the RCMI Consortium. Hence, the overarching goal of the conference is to advance the science of minority health and health disparities through development and implementation of collaborative solutions to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.

Following opening remarks by NIMHD Director, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, Dr. Joshua C. Denny and Dr. Kenneth R. Gersing will highlight research collaboration and funding opportunities with the NIH All of Us Program and the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), respectively. The Opening Session will also provide an update on NIMHD evaluation of the RCMI Program, as well as an update on the progress of the RCMI Coordinating Center in defining common metrics and data collection standards for evidence-based evaluation of the RCMI U54 Centers.

The plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations, and concurrent workshop sessions will highlight the best science across the RCMI Consortium. The concurrent workshops will feature the following RCMI research awards and collaborations: (1) RCMI Data Science & Data Science NOSI Awardees Workshop will foster data science skill-building activities, proposed by the Data Science NOSI award recipients, including the collaborative development of new data science training modules focused on the analysis of health disparities datasets; (2) RCMI COVID-19 Awardees and Community Engagement Workshop will promote and strengthen academic and community partnerships in effectively supporting clinical and translational research that addresses diseases that disproportionately impact RCMI communities; (3) Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Workshop will discuss and highlight pragmatic and deployment-focused approaches that incorporate stakeholder perspectives in decision making for research studies, and service delivery strategies that are feasible, scalable, and sustainable, leading to improvement in health care services for populations that experience health disparities; (4) Research Infrastructure Workshop will facilitate communication about research resources at RCMI U54 Centers in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of core facilities, and promote innovative practices for collaborative and interdisciplinary research; (5) Investigator Development Workshop will focus on preparing the all-important Specific Aims page and provide useful insights into the NIH application submission and peer-review processes, including information about the Early Career Reviewer Program; and (6) Research Administrators’ Workshop will introduce how RCMI U54 Centers can showcase their scientific discoveries and community health impact with the new RCMI Consortium website, as well as share solutions on efficient data collection for progress reports, evaluation, and other research-related deliverables.

The conference participants, including biomedical scientists, health care practitioners, trainees, clinicians, pharmacists, nurses and other allied health care professionals, and community and industry partners, will discuss and develop research strategies and approaches for eliminating health disparities. They will also examine career development opportunities and discuss the best methods and approaches for training the next generation of biomedical scientists and clinical researchers, as well as for engaging community partners and industry collaborations.

Focusing on basic biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research, the conference abstracts will address several key areas including: Basic and Applied Minority and Health Disparities Research; Behavioral and Social Determinants of Health; Capacity Building in Health Disparities Research; Clinical and Translational Minority Health and Health Disparity Research; Community-Based Participatory Research; Data Science/Big Data Applications to Health Sciences; Health and Health Care Policy Research; Health-Related Technologies; and Research in Special Population Sub-Groups. Hence, several important topics will be covered, including:

Behavioral and social sciences
Biomedical informatics and computational biology
Cancer health disparities research
Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease
Women, child, and adolescent health
Clinical and translational science
Cellular and molecular biology of human diseases
Complementary and alternative medicine
Environmental health and toxicology
Health literacy and health information technology
HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases
Nanoscience and nanotechnology
Neuroscience and mental health disorders
Public health sciences

This Special Issue aims to showcase the excellence in research and scientific discoveries on the above-listed topics. Submission of full manuscripts of original research, comprehensive reviews, and/or short communications on any of these topics presented at the conference is strongly encouraged. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please go online at www.ijerph.com to register and submit your manuscript by the deadline on October 30, 2022. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process.

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Guest Editor
Name: Prof. Elizabeth O. Ofili
Email: eofili@msm.edu
Affiliation: Department of Medici, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA
Homepage: https://www.msm.edu/about_us/FacultyDirectory/Medicine/ElizabethOfili/index.php
Interests: clinical cardiology

Guest Editor
Name: Prof. Emma Fernández-Repollet
Email: e.fernandez@upr.edu
Affiliation: Department of Pharmacology, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, P.O. Box 365067, San Juan, PR 0936-5067, USA
Homepage: https://ysph.yale.edu/profile/121542/
Interests: pharmacy; medical education

Guest Editor
Name: Prof. Richard J. Noel, Jr.
Email: rnoel@psm.edu
Affiliation: Department of Basic Sciences, Ponce Health Sciences University, 395 Industrial Reparada, Ponce, PR 00716, USA
Homepage: http://prise.uprp.edu/prise-key-personnel-staff-and-students/local-mentors-for-the-upr-prise-research-program/richard-j-noel-ph-d/
Interests: biochemistry; infection; biochemistry; HIV; AIDS; HIV/AIDS mentor

Guest Editor
Name: Prof. Daniel F. Sarpong
Email: daniel.sarpong@yale.edu
Affiliation: Department of General Internal Medicine and Executive Director of the Office of Health Equity Research (OHER).
Homepage: https://apha.confex.com/apha/143am/webprogram/Person304319.html
Interests: public exposome; built environment; health disparities; statistical modeling; epidemiological studies; chronic diseases; infectious diseases; social determinants; biological determinants

Guest Editor
Name: Prof. Magda Shaheen
Email: magdashaheen@cdrewu.edu
Affiliation: Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E. 120th Street, Cobb Building, Los Angeles, CA 90059, USA
Homepage: https://www.cdrewu.edu/son/Faculty-Directory
Interests: medicine; health sciences

Guest Editor
Name: Prof. Paul B. Tchounwou
Email: paul.b.tchounwou@jsums.edu
Affiliation: Department of Biology, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University, 1400 Lynch Street, Box 18750, Jackson, MS 39217, USA
Homepage: https://www.jsums.edu/biology/dr-paul-b-tchounwou/
Interests: environmental health and diseases; gene-environment interactions; environmental toxicology, mutagenesis and carcinogenesis; environmental epidemiology and disease control; health risk assessment and management; ecological risk assessment and management; environmental chemistry and computational toxicology; environmental genomics and proteomics; environmental medicine; and natural resources damage assessment and management

Guest Editor
Name: Prof. Richard Yanagihara
Email: ryanagih@hawaii.edu
Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 651 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Homepage: http://pceidr.jabsom.hawaii.edu/
Interests: emerging infectious diseases

Keywords:

Behavioral and social sciences
Biomedical informatics and computational biology
Cancer health disparities research
Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease
Women, child, and adolescent health
Clinical and translational science
Cellular and molecular biology of human diseases
Complementary and alternative medicine
Environmental health and toxicology
Health literacy and health information technology
HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases
Nanoscience and nanotechnology
Neuroscience and mental health disorders
Public health sciences