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Dr. Kola Okuyemi Receives $1.5M NIH Renewal Grant for Cancer-Related Health Disparities Training

NRMN Principal Investigator Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, director of the Program in Health Disparities Research and professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, recently received a $1.5 million renewal grant to educate researchers to reduce cancer-related health disparities among underserved populations.

Consortium Research Highlighted in Recent CBE-LSE and AIDS and Behavior Issues

AIDS and Behavior Volume 20, Issue 2 Supplement, September 2016, "Securing the Future: Mentoring to Diversify the Biomedical HIV Research Workforce" describes the framework for the promotion of mentoring, as well as the evaluation of mentor training efforts, being implemented by the Diversity Program Consortium and in particular through the NRMN Mentor Training Core. Features include work by Hannah A. ValantineRichard McGeeChristine PfundAngela Byars-WinstonJanet BranchawSpero M. Manson, and others from the NIH-funded Consortium.

In the CBE-Life Sciences Edution September 1, 2016 issue, numerous articles with authorship contribution from faculty across the Consortium aim to explore the issues critical to broadening the participation from underrepresented scientists in the biomedical research workforce and life sciences in general.

NRMN in Science Magazine: "Mentoring's Moment"

Jeffrey Mervis of Science explores the challenges NRMN has faced since its initial inception.

"Diversity advocates have long believed that mentoring holds the key to increasing minority participation in U.S. science. But the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), part of a 10-year, half-billion-dollar initiative launched in 2014 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enhance the diversity of the biomedical workforce, has gotten off to a rocky start... NIH officials admit that 4 decades' worth of programs aimed at removing obstacles to participation by underrepresented groups haven't moved the needle very much. And NRMN's supporters are worried that NIH may also end the network prematurely if it falls short of some short-term, quantitative goals."

Click here to read the full article at AAAS (access to full text supplied courtesy of AAAS).

Drs. Buchwald and Manson, Program Directors for NRMN GUMSHOE Coaching Groups, Awarded New Grant to Study Chronic Disease in Native/Pacific Populations

NRMN congratulates Dedra Buchwald and Spero Manson on the announcement of their receipt of a new federal grant to create one of two Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention. The grant was announced in late August by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health. Click here to read the full announcement on the Washington State University College of Medicine website.

APLU Report on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce features NRMN and Consortium Faculty

In late July of 2016, the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, in collaboration with the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, released a report entitled Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence. The report was the result of working groups that  more than 70 experts across 28 universities and collectively developed the recommended actions for improving evidence. Members of the groups were nominated by their university presidents and chancellors, and included leaders of the institution’s research enterprise as well as content experts in areas such as organizational change, talent development, and recruitment. Among these were several prominent faculty who are leading initiatives at NRMN and across the Diversity Program Consortium. Click here to read the full report.

NRMN in The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Science-Diversity Efforts Connect Grad Students With Mentors"

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Vimal Patel covers the inception of the National Research Mentoring Network as an NIH response to the call to create a more diverse workforce among academic researchers across the NIH-funded biomedical sciences. With quotes from NRMN's Drs. Angela Byars-Winston and Jamboor Vishwanatha, notes about the research of NRMN's Dr. Rick McGee, and perspectives from brief interviews of an NRMN mentor and a mentee. Click here to read more.

University of Minnesota Special Announcement: Okuyemi named Endowed Chair for Health Equity Research

Dr. Kola Okuyemi, esteemed Principal Investigator for NRMN's Professional Development Core, has been named University of Minnesota's first Endowed Chair for Health Equity Research in recognition of the tireless efforts he and his researchers have led in addressing community health and health equity. Click here to read the full announcement on the University of Minnesota website.

Science Magazine Covers Dr. Rick McGee's Coaching Intervention in "Mentoring beyond borders" interviews NRMN's Drs. Rick McGee and Christine Pfund about Dr. McGee's intervention, "Academy for Future Science Faculty," which approaches the task of supporting  pairing students with mentors unrelated to their thesis work and promoting group meetings. the results of which were published December 2015 in the journal Academic Medicine. Click here to read more.

BUILDing SCHOLARS Newsletter

University of Texas at El Paso BUILDing SCHOLARS program announces their partnership with NRMN within their latest newsletter on July 24th, 2015, along with updates on activities and upcoming events. Click here to read more.
h2>An Outsider at the Table On Wednesday May 27th, John Matsui of the University of California at Berkeley gave a talk to attendees of the 3rd Key Personnel Meeting of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), hosted at Boston College. The talk, entitled “An Outsider at the Table,” explored John’s philosophies of mentoring that have allowed him to build a successful program at UC Berkeley over the past 2 decades. Click here to read more.

Boston College Hosts East Coast Regional Meeting to Unify Area Campuses

On March 28, 2015 the SACNAS Regional Meeting on the Boston College (BC) campus drew an enthusiastic 60 STEM students and professionals from 21 universities in the region. The Boston Regional Meeting emerged from the 2014 SACNAS National Conference where faculty from at least 10 Boston-area universities discussed the establishment of a regional chapter. Click here to read more.

Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce

The Common Fund's Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program is establishing a national Consortium to develop, implement, and evaluate approaches to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to enter into and persist in biomedical research careers.  Click here to read more.

NIH Announces Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Initiatives:  SACNAS Plays Key Development Role

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced awards of nearly $50 million to fund Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, a bold initiative to better end the disparity of underrepresented researchers in biomedical sciences. Click here to read more.

UW-Madison Team Receives $2.2 Million through National Research Mentoring Network

On October 22, the NIH announced the award of $2.2 million to UW-Madison to serve as the national hub for research mentor and mentee training within National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).  NRMN is a broader Diversity Program Consortium announced at the same time. Click here to read more.

With support from NIH, efforts to diversify biomedical workforce begin at UNTHSC

A national effort to increase the number of researchers from underrepresented background in the biomedical and behavioral workforce is beginning to take shape after a recent meeting at UNT Health Science Center. Click here to read more.

NIH awards ~ $31 million to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce

The National Institutes of Health announced the award of nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 to develop new approaches that engage researches, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce. Click here to read more.

NIH Allocates $31-Million to Tackle Racial Gaps in Training

The National Institutes of Health on Wednesday awarded more than $31-million to a dozen university groups that will develop and test strategies for improving the racial diversity of the nation's medical work force. Click here to read more.

BC Biologist to Lead $19M NIH Initiative to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Research

Research teams from Boston College and four other universities will develop the National Research Mentoring Network through a five-year, $19-million grant from the National Institutes of Health as part of a sweeping initiative to diversify the ranks of biomedical researchers across the United Stated, the NIH announced today. Click here to read more.