MichBio: The Funding Disparity Between Black and White Scientist: A National Call to Action



12:00pm - 1:00pm

“Fund Black Scientists” to be Discussed in this Special Presentation Highlighting Racial Funding Disparities

Despite a landmark 2011 study validating the long-held belief that African-American scientists were significantly less likely to receive federal research funding, little headway has been made to address the problem.

A new commentary paper in “Cell” by a network of biomedical engineering women faculty spotlights the continued funding disparity that remains “the most insidious barrier to the success of Black faculty”. Several of the co-authors, representing academic institutions from across the U.S., will discuss the underlying issues as well as offer recommendations on what steps must be taken by individual scientists, funding agencies, higher ed institutions, and the private sector, to eliminate disparities.

Expert Panel of Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Hana El-Samad, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD, University of Michigan
Kelly Stevens, PhD, University of Washington
Rebecca Willits, PhD, Northeastern University

Moderated By
Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD
President and CEO
Biotechnology Innovation Organization

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