African American Neuroscience Research

Our Team

Leadership Core


Dr. Alvin Hathaway, Pastor
Union Baptist Church

Inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Dr. Hathaway has developed a national reputation in faith based community economic development, through his creation of Community Development Entities he has participated in funding over $3 Billion in redevelopment projects in urban markets throughout America.

As Co-Chairperson of the $5M 5 Year PCORI Study on Middle School Mental Health Interventions and As Co-Chairperson of the $30M 5 Year Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant, he is an expert on the intersection between faith, research and mental health.

He is a contributing author of “Children’s Mental Health: Partnering with the Faith Community” in the book: Providing Mental Health Services to Youth Where They Are: School – and Community-Based Approaches. (New York: Brunner-Routledge. 2002); “Reaching Out to School and Community Stakeholders to Improve Mental Health Services for Youth in an Urban US Community,” International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. (Volume 4, Issue 4 – November 2002); "Enhancing Child and Adolescent Resilience Through Faith-Community Connections." In C. Clauss-Ehlers & M. Weist (Eds.)Community Planning to Promote Resilience in Youth. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishing. 2004.


Dr. Arnold W. Howard, Pastor
Enon Baptist Church

A professional community activist and organizer with a background in aerospace engineering and business management who has been engaged in pastoral ministry for 38 years.  Recent work collaborations have been with faith-based organizations, major healthcare delivery systems, local and national government agencies, and science research groups concerning precision medicine.  The purpose of this work is to educate and promote awareness of advancements in genome research, understand its impact on a patient centered healthcare model of service delivery, and insure the full participation of the African American community.


Dr. Tamara E. Wilson, Pastor
Nu Season, Nu Day Church & Ministries

A very passionate advocate for the preservation, strengthening, and empowering of the African American community to ensure positive outcomes in education, health, and faith. She helped spearhead the work of organizing national faith-based institutions to act as a coalition to optimize the participation of minority communities to support the goals of precision medicine. She has also codeveloped an educational program designed to recruit and activate patients in such a way that the learnings lead to positive health outcomes.

Dr. James L Carter, Pastor
Ark Church, Solid Rock Church

A Bishop in the Lord's church with a purview that includes Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Texas who is very passionate about serving those who are at the bottom of the well. He gives direction and vision to clergy groups and organization across the nation, in his leadership capacity with national and statewide associations. He is an author with a strong focus on managing terminal illness, end stages of life, and finding a place of peace when life is no more.   

Dr. Bowyer G. Freeman, Senior Pastor
New St. Mark Baptist Church

A Social Impact Investor whose academic preparation, research, scholarship, and professional career are trans-disciplinary and have converged at the intersection of Public Policy; Healthcare Administration; Faith; and on Ethical, Legal & Social issues in human genomics. He holds a Certificate in Community Building Strategies from The University of Baltimore, Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Public Administration from The University of Dayton; and an MBA, Master of Divinity, and Doctorate - all from Howard University with the focus of his doctoral research on “Theological and Ethical Dimensions of The Human Genome Project”. He is a Contributing Author to the book: Diversity in Human Interactions: The Tapestry of America (Oxford University Press - 2003).

Dr. Terris A King, Pastor
Liberty Grace Church of

A visionary and leader with a doctorate in Occupational Science and over 30 years of public and private sector expertise in the areas of population health, community based healthcare improvement, health IT, and national healthcare policy related to vulnerable populations.  He serves as chair of the board for Baltimore Cities Local Management Board FAMILY League which distributes $30M per year in grants for health and education initiatives.

Scientific Advisory Committee

We are actively seeking nominations for scientific leaders to join the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Director & Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Hurd is the Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and the Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Hurd is a professor in pharmacological studies, neuroscience and psychiatry. Dr. Hurd's multidisciplinary research investigates the neurobiology underlying addiction disorders and related psychiatric illnesses. A translational approach is used to examine molecular and neurochemical events in the human brain and comparable animal models in order to ascertain neurobiological correlates of behavior. A major focus of the research is directed to risk factors of addiction disorders including genetics as well as developmental exposure to drugs of abuse.

Dr. Steven Salzberg, Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Salzberg is a Distinguished Bloomberg Professor, in the departments of Biomedical Engineering & Medicine, Computer Science, and Biostatistics. Dr. Salzberg began his career as an assistant professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins, before joining the Human Genome Project in the early 1990s. His research currently focuses on the development of new computational methods for analysis of DNA from the latest sequencing technologies, with an emphasis on the analysis of DNA and RNA sequenced with next-generation technology.