Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, however, that burden is disproportionately higher in many racial and ethnic groups.  Investigators at ECCRI are involved in a wide array of studies designed to better understand the physiological, psychosocial, and environmental causes of cardiovascular disease disparities.

Morehouse-Emory Cardiovascular Center for Health Equity

ECCRI investigators in partnership with researchers at Morehouse School of Medicine have established one of four national centers in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Strategically Focused in Disparities Research Network (SFDRN). The Morehouse-Emory Cardiovascular (MECA) Center for Health Equity is investigating the social and environmental factors that lead to “risk” and “resilience” among African Americans. Herman Taylor, MD, MPH, of Morehouse School of Medicine is the Center director and ECCRI's Arshed Quyyumi, MD, is co-director and principal investigator of the clinical intervention.

Georgia Center for Diabetes Translational Research

As Co-Director of the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translational Research (GCDTR) Disparities Core, Arshed Quyyumi, MD, is leading translational investigations to improve engagement in evidence-based diabetes prevention and management interventions among vulnerable populations, and reduce the disproportionately higher risks of morbidity and mortality from diabetes in these groups. The GCDTR is a collaboration between research faculty at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Tech.  

Disparities in HFrEF

Other disparities research includes the study of nitroso–redox balance as it relates to racial disparities in HF reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) led by Assistant Professor, Alanna Morris, MD.