The Accelerating Excellence In Translational Science (AXIS)Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

The vision of the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) Research Enterprise is to be a leading national resource for conducting clinical and translational research that produces high-quality, cost-effective and culturally relevant solutions that improve health and wellness in minority and poor populations.

By promoting strategies that create synergy in research teams and between investigators and the community, CDU will create novel best practice solutions to transform the health of underserved communities that can be used as innovative models throughout the nation and the world.

AXIS (Accelerating eXcellence In translational Science) is the catalyst to implement the CDU research strategic plan. It is the integrated home for clinical and translational research. AXIS houses experienced and dedicated leadership as well as a myriad of clinical and translational, community, training, and technology resources. AXIS also provides excellent research consultation services.

As its cornerstone, AXIS builds multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations between CDU investigators and community partners. Our team science activities are supported by eight core functions at CDU:

(1) Administrative (2) Collaborations, Partnerships & Community Engagement (3) Professional Development & Pilot Project (4) Research Design & Biostatistics (5) Clinical Research Resources & Facilities (6) Biomedical Informatics (7) Technology and Laboratory (8) Evaluation



AXIS is to better position CDU for conducting clinical and translational research, especially research that is focused on health disparities.


Goal 1: To enhance the infrastructure capacity in translational research in the areas of Cancer, Cardio-Metabolic, and HIV/AIDS. Although other areas of research at CDU will also be served, the focus will be to create expertise and research success in these three areas. This aim will also ensure that CDU continues to provide national leadership in reducing health disparities by increasing the quality and quantity of researchers from minority and underserved populations conducting disparities research.

Goal 2: To integrate basic, clinical, and community-partnered translational research by fostering collaboration among disciplines, departments and schools at CDU, and collaboration with community leaders and investigators across other research institutions.

Goal 3: To facilitate professional development and best practices in mentored clinical and translational research training on minority health and health disparities.