Forming a Neural Network: NINDS Stroke Diversity Research Education (R25) Grantee Meeting

Forming a Neural Network: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Diversity Research Education (R25) Grantee Meeting

April 11 - 12, 2016

The goal of the workshop was to bring together the leaders of the various NINDS Diversity R25 grants in an effort to 1) establish a network and build alliances between individuals who are actively engaged in addressing issues surrounding workforce diversity across the neuroscience research career pipeline from the high school to early stage faculty level; 2) identify opportunities and share successful approaches for more effective recruitment, training, and retention of diverse individuals in the neuroscience workforce; 3) foster dialog around intervention strategies to support diverse trainees at critical transition points along the career path.

The objectives of this meeting were conceived in accordance with the mission and recommendations of the NIH ACD Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce in the Biomedical Research Workforce to address the “leak” of diverse individuals from the biomedical workforce. This in-person meeting will establish a network of the NINDS Diversity R25 programs and lay the foundation for future interaction to address challenges and share successes across individual programs.

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Agenda and Resources

DAY 1: April 11, 2016

Time Event Resources
7:00 – 8:00 am Registration  
8:00 – 8:30 am

Welcome and Meeting Goals

Michelle Jones-London, PhD, NINDS

8:30 – 10:00 am

Featured Lecture

What Matters in Research Mentoring: Research Self-Efficacy and Cultural Responsiveness in Trainees’ Success
Angela Byars-Winston, PhD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Viewing Clinical Research Career Development Through the Lens of Social Cognitive Career Theory

Influence of social cognitive and ethnic variables on academic goals of underrepresented students in science and engineering: A multiple-groups analysis

Cultural Context of Career Choice: Meta-Analysis of Race/Ethnicity Differences

Culturally Diverse Undergraduate Researchers’ Academic Outcomes and Perceptions of Their Research Mentoring Relationships

10:15 – 11:45 am

Session 1: Creating Sustainable Mentoring Networks in Neuroscience Panel

Moderator: Rae Nishi, PhD, Marine Biological Laboratory

  • Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) at Society for Neuroscience
    Julio Ramirez, PhD – Davidson College
    Gina Poe, PhD – University of Michigan Medical School
  • Mentoring Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Scholars (MINDS)
    Gonzalo Torres, PhD – University of Florida
    Michael Zigmond, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
  • Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in Neuroscience (BRAINS)
    Sheri Mizumori, PhD; Joyce Yen, PhD; and Claire Horner-Devine, PhD – University of Washington

Neuroscience Scholars Program

Mentoring Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Scholars

Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in Neuroscience

11:45 – 1:00 pm LUNCH  
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Addressing and Enhancing Diversity Across Career Stages

Panels led by current program leaders with career stage expertise who can discuss i) gaps/needs and challenges, ii) opportunities, iii) recommendations, and iv) priorities. Each session followed by open discussion with all attendees.

Moderator: Stephen J. Korn, PhD, NINDS, Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity

1:00 pm

Session 2- Recruitment: Summer Programs for High School and Undergraduate Students

  • Marlys H. Witte, MD – University of Arizona
  • Michael McKernan – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Robert Meisel, PhD – University of Minnesota

Curiosity for All

Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program

Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

2:00 pm Session 3 - Transition and Training: Programs to Promote Transition to Graduate School
  • Regina Miranda, PhD – Hunter College, CUNY
  • Kyle Frantz, PhD – Georgia State University
  • Carol Milligan, PhD – Wake Forest University

Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE)

Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders (HDND) MS Program

3:00 pm

Session 4- Retention: Programs to Maintain Engagement of Graduate to Junior Faculty in the Neuroscience Workforce

  • Farah Lubin, PhD – University of Alabama
  • Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD – New York University School of Medicine
  • Peter R. MacLeish, PhD – Morehouse School of Medicine

UAB Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars


4:00 - 5:30 pm

Poster Session and Program Networking  


DAY 2: April 12, 2016

Time Event Resources
8:00 – 8:30 am

Opening Remarks and Goals for Today’s Session

Michelle Jones-London, PhD
NINDS, Director of Diversity Training and Workforce Development

8:30 – 10:00 am

Group Breakout Session and Development of Follow-up Action Items

Participants in their selected groups will identify tangible next steps for developing and integrating new concepts and interventions into current and future NINDS diversity training programs

  1. Fixing Gap Junctions: How can we influence graduate admissions and affect institutional buy-in?
    Moderator: Sherilynn J. Black, PhD – Duke University
  2. Increasing Action Potential: How do we address non-research factors that impact diverse trainees while leveraging attributes like resiliency?
    Moderator: Anna Han, PhD – NIH, Chief Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity
  3. Wire Together, Fire Together: How can we use our programs to facilitate transition of trainees across career stages?
    Moderator: Alison Hall, PhD – NIGMS, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity
10:15 – 11:30 am Reconvene and Report on Breakout Session Discussions  
11:30 – 12:00 pm

Next Steps and ADJOURN

Michelle Jones-London, PhD


Other resources are available on the meeting website