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Abstract Details

A Novel Opportunity to Engage Underrepresented Youth in Neuroscience Education and Research
Research Methodology, Education, and History
P6 - Poster Session 6 (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
13-003
Female, Black, Latino, American Indian, and low-income populations have a large burden of neurologic disorders; tend to experience disparities in neurology; and remain significantly underrepresented in the neurology and neuroscience workforce.  While a variety of youth STEM and neuroscience education and research programs exist, few significantly engage underrepresented youth, missing the opportunity to contribute to building a more diverse neurology and neuroscience workforce that in turn would increase our chances of meaningful scientific discoveries and innovation. 
We aim to characterize the conception and vision for a new opportunity for underrepresented youth to engage in neuroscience education and research.

We characterize the conception of an academic-foundation partnership and its vision for a new opportunity for underrepresented youth to engage in neuroscience education and research. 

The partner organizations, Biogen Foundation and MGH Neurology, have a long track record of offering state-of-the-art hands-on youth science education. An in-depth assessment by a multi-disciplinary partnership team identified gaps in existing programming and a common goal to create a new initiative for underrepresented high school and undergraduate students that aims to: (1) Inspire underrepresented youth to pursue neurology and neuroscience careers by exposing them to a diverse group of neurologists and neuroscientists; (2) Equip underrepresented youth through longitudinal mentored neuroscience education and research opportunities; and (3) Empower underrepresented youth by facilitating the translation of their neuroscience education and research experiences into scientific abstracts, publications, awards, and community service. 

An in-depth process by an academic-foundation partnership has led to the creation of a novel mentored neuroscience education and research program that aims to inspire, equip, and empower underrepresented youth towards their pursuit of careers in neurology and neuroscience.  
Authors/Disclosures
Nicte I. Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAN (Massachusetts General Hospital)
PRESENTER
Dr. Mejia has received personal compensation in the range of $5,000-$9,999 for serving on a Scientific Advisory or Data Safety Monitoring board for Biogen. Dr. Mejia has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as an Editor, Associate Editor, or Editorial Advisory Board Member for Neurology. The institution of Dr. Mejia has received research support from Biogen Foundation.
Alazar Ayele Alazar Ayele has nothing to disclose.