The Biomedical Research Center (BRIC) at WSSU was established in 1996 through funding from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a result of this funding mechanism, WSSU is considered one of the original Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) that was awarded the RIMI grant for the 2nd consecutive cycle. The initial funding was granted by National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)-NIH and under the Directorship of Dr. Wilveria Bass Atkinson, was used to build the biomedical research infrastructure at WSSU. Since its inception, BRIC has sought to facilitate and expand biomedical research at WSSU by strengthening the research infrastructure of the institution and providing an environment conducive to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, and the professional growth of its faculty. Under the current director, Dr. Azeez Aileru, the core faculty has grown from 3 to 8 Ph.D. researchers with approximately 5 staff members working in various capacities. The center has developed professional relationships with more than 4 other faculty Affiliated Scientists from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. A BRIC/RIMI Advisory Board and an External Scientific Review Board was established in 1996 to serve as the guiding force for the Center. BRIC, through collaborative efforts with nearby institutions, has become the focal point of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, hypertension/cardiovascular diseases, alcoholism/sleep disorders, and drug addiction research that addresses the biomedical and health issues of the minority population. The BRIC will continue to have a positive impact on the number of faculty and students participating in biomedical research, and serve as a major point of entry for underrepresented scientists for participation in the biomedical advances of the nation in the 21st century and beyond.