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NIH grant to increase diversity in field of neuroscience

Though the news may be filled with doom and gloom about the economy, there is at least one bright spot: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded nearly $10.3 million to help prepare minority students and those with disabilities for careers in neuroscience.

The grants are being coordinated by NIGMS as part of NIH’s Blueprint for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE). This new program connects research-intensive institutions to institutions that have substantial enrollments of neuroscience majors from traditionally underrepresented groups. The program will support a range of activities to increase student interest in the neurosciences, including research experiences, curriculum development, seminars and journal clubs.

The grant recipients, award amounts and partner schools are:

  • Kyle J. Frantz, Georgia State University ($1,680,594)
    Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Spelman College
  • Alan Frazer and David S. Weiss, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio ($1,666,137)
    University of Texas, San Antonio; Lady of the Lake University; St. Mary’s University; Trinity University; and University of the Incarnate Word
  • Regina Miranda and Vanya Quinones-Jenab, Hunter College, New York ($2,832,356)
    New York University
  • Elba E. Serrano, New Mexico State University and Diego Restrepo, University of Colorado, Denver ($2,397,208)
  • Jose Garcia-Arraras, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras ($1,736,606)
    Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon Campus and Universidad el Este

The NIH components funding BP-ENDURE awards are the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the NIH Office of the Director, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Center for Research Resources and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


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