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Advancing the Diversity of Neuroscientists in the Biomedical Research Workforce


UC San Diego Leading the Advancement of Underrepresented Neuroscientists for Change (LAUNCH) program is only one of three national faculty programs sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The goal of the program is to provide strong mentorship and professional skills and research training to improve the long-term success of early career faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scholars from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce, including women, persons with disabilities, underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants will choose one of three research tracks to be mentored and trained: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias; Cellular, Developmental and Molecular Neuroscience; Computational and Systems Neuroscience.

Participation in the program begins with a virtual Summer Institute from July 12-23, 2021, followed by a 2-day Mid-year Meeting and second Summer Institute in 2022 in sunny San Diego!

Principal Investigators (PIs): Drs. JoAnn Trejo and Vivian Reznik and; co-PIs, Drs. Hector Gonzalez, Shelley Halpain, and Robert Rissman.

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Ready to Apply?

Application Deadline for the 2020-2021 LAUNCH Program:
March 15, 2021

Eligible candidates from across the country are encouraged to complete the application using the link below.

Apply for the 2020-2021 Launch program now