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New center to address disparities in African American men's health

Badrinath Konety, M.D., M.B.A.

With a $13.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Minnesota and University of Alabama, Birmingham are collaborating to better address health disparities in conditions affecting African American men.

The new National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men’s Health will target disparities in unintentional and violence-related injuries as well as chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

Academic-community partnerships will be integral to the program, particularly for identifying important issues to address and getting treatments and interventions out to people in the community.

Masonic Cancer Center member Badrinath Konety, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the Department of Urology, will lead the University of Minnesota’s portion of the five-year project.

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