TRACC aims to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented minority groups conducting translational addiction research.
According to a 2011 article in Science, a low percentage of minority scientists achieve success in research award funding despite years of field-wide diversification efforts. Additionally, as the field of translational neuroscience continues to expand, the numbers of qualified minority scientists with interdisciplinary training lags behind. TRACC addresses these gaps by reaching earlier into the career development pipeline to identify and actively facilitate the professional success of the most talented minority students. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded $1.5 million to support TRACCs mission. TRACC capitalizes on CCNY’s exceptional pool of diverse students, its renowned multidisciplinary faculty and a novel collaboration with substance use researchers at CUMC. TRACC will train researchers over the next five years. Trainees will be selected from multiple-institutions including graduate psychology students from CUNY as well as students from the CUNY School of Medicine Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education BS/MD program. This Fall 2017 we welcomed our 5th cohort of scholars.