P60 Research Overview The National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparitiesâ (NIMHD) VCU Center of Excellence was established in 2007 with a P60 Award. The mission of the Center is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. The Centerâs primary focus is on the examination of adverse pregnancy outcomes, with a focus in African-American women, and the development of interventions to prevent such outcomes. Three research projects led by VMC members are currently funded through the Center: 1) VCU NIMHD Comprehensive Center of Excellence (PI:Strauss), 2) The Virulome of Preterm Birth (PI: Jefferson) and 3) Racial Differences in Epigenetic Mechanisms of Preterm Birth (PI: York). Center Principal Investigator: Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D. Project Principal Investigators: Kimberly K. Jefferson, Ph.D.; Timothy P. York, Ph.D.