Lessons Learned from the Medical University of South Carolina Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) in Precision Medicine and Minority Men’s Health

Chanita Hughes Halbert, Caitlin G. Allen, Melanie Jefferson, Gayenell S. Magwood, Cathy Melvin, Oluwole Adeyami Babatunde, Claudia Baquet, Ernestine Delmoor, Jerry Johnson, Diane Mathews, Robin J. Leach, Luisel Ricks-Santi

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Abstract

The Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) in Precision Medicine for Minority Men’s Health was established at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2015 to address disparities in the translation of precision medicine approaches among racial minority groups. This regional consortium focuses on three primary areas: (1) the development of a consortium of regional and national partners, (2) conducting transdisciplinary research examining synergistic effects of biological, social, physiological, and clinical determinants of chronic disease risks and outcomes, and (3) dissemination and implementation of precision medicine approaches, with an emphasis on reducing disparities in health care and outcomes among minority men. Given consistent calls to better translate precision medicine approaches and the focus of this consortium on addressing disparities among minority men, we provide an overview of our experience in developing the MUSC TCC, including barriers and facilitators to conducting translational research on minority men’s health issues in the context of precision medicine. Lessons learned and areas for improvement include providing enough time to create consistent partnerships and community engagement to improve recruitment and retention, identifying unique ways to engage diverse partners from across the region and nation, and better approaches to dissemination and communication for large partnerships focusing on precision medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • cancer prevention
  • development and aging
  • evaluation
  • genetics
  • health-care issues
  • oncology/cancer
  • population-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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