For release: Monday, March 16, 1992
In an effort to increase minority participation in neurological sciences research, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently made 23 awards to grantee institutions for recruitment of minorities into biomedical and behavioral research programs. These awards provide valuable opportunities for minorities from the undergraduate level to the faculty level to gain research experience at leading grantee institutions supported by NINDS.
The grants allow minority students to interact with senior scientists, to contribute to innovative research projects, and to enhance research skills and knowledge in areas of neurological and brain research. The NINDS awards totalled approximately $517,000.
"NINDS's program increases significantly the number of minority students and scientists entering and remaining in neurological research careers," said Dr. Murray Goldstein, director of the NINDS. "These training opportunities enable more minority students and scientists at universities, medical schools and research institutions to participate in studies aimed at understanding, diagnosing, treating, and preventing brain and nervous system disorders, while addressing a probable shortage of researchers and scientists in the coming years."
Attending some of the nation's most prestigious undergraduate and graduate institutions and medical schools, the students and scientists belong to minority groups that are underrepresented in brain and nervous system research, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
In addition, NINDS supports a summer research training program in the neurological sciences to increase intramural training and research opportunities for minorities. In 1991, 98 students were selected for the summer program, including 51 minority students and 41 female students. Among the group were 13 high school, 59 undergraduate, 4 graduate, and 22 medical students. Thirty-nine (34 percent of the NIH total) presented posters at the NIH Summer Research Day.
A partial list of participating students and their academic institutions is attached.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, one of the 13 National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the primary supporter of brain and nervous system research in the United States. The NIH is an agency of the U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services.
Ronald Anglade, Brown University
Hector BeltrandelRio, Michigan State University
Charebia Cardwell, Wake Forest University Medical Center
Jose Cordero, Tufts University
Cynthia Dolorfo, Salk Institute
Maria Gonzalez, Case Western Reserve University
Teresa Hermida, Smith College
Jon Hernandez, University of California, Los Angeles
Ellie Lee, Emory University
Cliffton Lewis, University of Colorado
Saqura Long, Michigan State University
Carla McNally,University of California, San Diego
Ifeoma Okoronkwo, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases
John Ortega, University of Illinois
Joseph Osborne, Rhode Island Hospital
Linda Payne, University of Tennessee, Memphis
Catherine Pinal, University of California, Los Angeles
Justin Robinson, Emory University
Tyrone Rodriguez, Baylor College of Medicine
Juan Rubero, Brandeis University
Maria Sanicolas, University of California, San Diego
Stanley Thornton, Vanderbilt University
Nicole Weekes, University of California, Los Angeles
Javier Amadeo, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Dionne Burnett, Yale University
Mark Coleman, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bonita Coe, Howard University College of Medicine
Samuel DeJesus, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Daniel DeUgarte, Harvard University
Sean Francis, Case Western Reserve Univ. School of Medicine
Gonzalo Graupera, Johns Hopkins University
Carmen Guerra, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Michael Holder, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Lenore Joseph, University of Minnesota Medical School
Cadir Lee, Stanford University
Jaime Mancilla, University of Maryland
Kelly Mack, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Lois Melchoir, Howard University College of Medicine
Enrique Perez University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus
Glenda Rios, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Debbie Riding, Oklahoma State University
Jorge Rubi, Towson State University
Joner Tomas, University of Maryland
Rani Whitfield, Southern University
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