August 2011

Giving minority investigators a hand

Past meetings also have included discussions on new strategic initiatives being implemented at the institute, presentations on research initiatives in health disparities, strategies for developing a national reputation and effective ways of managing laboratory personnel.

Sylvia E. Rosas of the University of Pennsylvania remarked that "attending the NMRI meetings was invaluable to learn from outstanding mentors how to develop a successful research program." Rosas first went to the annual meetings to learn about preparing budgets, get tips on grant writing and interact with other minority researchers. Her role in NMRI has evolved over the years, and most recently she co-organized the network's 2010 annual meeting along with Bessie Young (University of Washington). Young also has been involved with NMRI since its inception and credits the program with helping strengthen her CV, which facilitated both obtaining her first NIH RO1 grant and being promoted from assistant professor to associate professor.

Marion B. Sewer (msewer@ucsd.edu) is an associate professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

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