The National Institutes of Health renewed the FIU-RCMI for an additional five years to continue health disparities research and training. The $19.4 million grant is FIU’s largest NIH award to date.

The Research Center in Minority Institutions at Miami-Dade’s Florida International University will focus on developing and sustaining a national, clinical and behavioral research program addressing health inequities and disparities primarily associated with HIV and substance use problems for underrepresented minorities. Our vision is a South Florida where all populations have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy and productive lives.

Dr. Eric F. Wagner, director of FIU-CBRI, was invited by the Beauchamp Foundation to visit Nicaragua as the keynote speaker of the Primer Simposio sobre Prevención y Uso del Alcohol en Adolescentes (First Symposium on the Prevention of Alcohol Use among Adolescents). The symposium was designed to examine the risks and consequences of adolescent alcohol consumption.

FIU-CBRI (formerly known as FIU-BRIDGE) was selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HRSA) to host the inaugural Miami-Dade County Town Hall meeting to Prevent Underage drinking. Over 100 members of the Miami-Dade community were in attendance at the Town Hall meeting. 

Dr. Eric F. Wagner, director of FIU-CBRI, was honored as one of FIU’s 2016 Top Scholars by Preseident Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost Kenneth G. Furton for his accomplishments in 2015.