Sickle Cell Center Hosts Research Diversity Program
Aug. 25, 2009
The Sickle Cell Disease Research Center helped visiting scholars hone their research skills and knowledge over the summer as part of program to increase diversity in the nation’s academic ranks.
The Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity brought 16 researchers to the UT Dallas campus at different times in July.
The Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity brought 16 researchers to campus, where they drew on the interdisciplinary expertise of UT Dallas faculty members.
The institute is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Mentors include Dr. Betty Pace, director of the UT Dallas Sickle Cell Disease Research Center and a professor of molecular and cell biology.
UT Dallas is one of three universities awarded a four-year grant from the NHLBI to host the diversity program. Titled “Functional Genomics of Blood Disorders,” the UT Dallas program encourages collaborations to seek new treatments and cures for blood-related illnesses.
The two-year expense-paid program equips underrepresented junior faculty with the knowledge to develop independent research by establishing mentoring partnerships with nationally established researchers. One of the program’s goals is to have participants receive and serve as principal investigators on major grants.
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The program was established in July 2007 with the goal of recruiting three faculty cohorts. This year, UT Dallas hosted two groups, Cohort 3, consisting of ten new junior faculty beginning their first summer session from July 6 – July 17, 2009 and Cohort 2 who returned to complete their second and final training session from July 20 – July 29, 2009.
Maxine Adegbola, PhD, UT Arlington
Shawn Bediako, PhD, University of Maryland Baltimore County