Community Engaged Research

  • Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES):  CURES is one of a few select environmental health sciences core centers in the nation funded by NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. CURES works to understand how human complex exposures to chemical and non-chemical stressors in the urban environment can influence the development of environmentally-linked disease.
  • Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in cancer: Scientists at Wayne State seek to understand and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in cancer prevention and control, specifically screening and survivorship. Research is focused on the assessment of sociocultural factors that influence cancer screening.
  • Office for Community Engaged Research: The Office for Community Engaged Research, a part of the Wayne State Clinical Research Service Center, is housed at IBio.
  • Community Engaged Research Symposium 2020: On December 1st and 2nd, 2020, Wayne State hosted the third annual Community Engaged Research Symposium: Advancing Health Equity. The focus of the symposium was "The Impact of COVID-19 Now and in the Future," and featured close to 60 speakers and was attended virtually by more than 200 individuals from Michigan and across the nation. Presentations highlighted academic researchers, both nationally and locally, Wayne State University medical students, community organizations and community members. Speakers offered their insight and perspectives of working collaboratively with academic researchers and the community – discussing issues of trust, expectations, value, capacity, and compensation. To learn more and view the sessions, visit here.

Contact info

CURES and OCEnR contacts


Carrie Leach, Community Engagement Program Manager:


Hayley Thompson:,

Parada Jordan:

Bethany Foster: