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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
NIH Forms Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce

NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) to form a Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce (WGDBRW)

"The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has long recognized that achieving diversity in the biomedical and behavioral research workforce is critical to ensuring that the best and brightest minds have the opportunity to contribute to the realization of our national research goals. Yet, despite longstanding efforts from the NIH and other entities across the biomedical and behavioral research landscape to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups, diversity in biomedicine still falls far short of mirroring that of the U.S. population. Additionally, a disturbing discrepancy in success rates for research grant (R01) applications between White applicants and Black applicants, even after controlling for numerous observable variables, was reported in 2011 by Ginther, et al.

To address the unacceptable status quo of minority underrepresentation in biomedical and behavioral research, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins charged the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) to form a Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce (WGDBRW) to examine the findings and implications of the Ginther, et al. study results. Dr. Collins charged the WGDBRW with providing concrete recommendations toward improving the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities (URM), people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the lifespan of a biomedical research career from graduate study to acquisition of tenure in an academic position or the equivalent in a non-academic setting."

For more see the Executive Summary:
http://tinyurl.com/6q2ahyw

or the entire report:
http://axis.cdrewu.edu/axis_doc/functions/axis/WGDBRW_FINAL_REPORT_DRAFT_6-13-12.pdf