Atlanta Center for Translational Research in Endometriosis (ACTRE)

As part of a unique partnership between Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University to promote workforce diversity and education in the reproductive sciences and women's health, the Atlanta Center for Translational Research in Endometriosis (ACTRE) was established in 2010 with the goal to introduce students from under-represented minorities to a 2-year research development program in translational human reproductive research that demonstrates how cellular and molecular biology bridge the way to clinical therapeutic treatments in reproductive medicine.

During this 2-year program, scholars will receive training in translational research principles and reproductive science topics, laboratory techniques, create a professional development plan  and shadow clinical specialists in Gynecologic Surgery and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Undergraduate scholars will conduct supervised translational research with a focus on a serious and common women's health issue - endometriosis. At the end of the second year, participants will take part in a formal research symposium. Approved posters and abstracts will be published through the program website and scholars will have an opportunity to submit research findings for presentation at national meetings in reproductive sciences.

ACTRE (pronounced "actor"), is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a part of the National Institues of Health (NIH). Principal Investigators providing oversight to the program are Neil Sidell, PhD from Emory University and Winston E. Thompson, PhD from Morehouse School of Medicine. Since the program's inception, there have been 10 scholars from Emory University and Spellman College in Atlanta, GA.

To learn more about the ACTRE scholar program and to obtain a copy of the scholar application form with instructions and eligibility information, please visit the ACTRE website.