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The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program seeks early career scientists from both underrepresented minority and well-represented backgrounds, to interact with our distinguished Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) during the scientific meeting planning process.  It provides an opportunity for a “behind the scenes” look at an activity performed by established scientists that will invaluably inform the applicant’s future career and allows sharing with established scientists applicant views on the challenges faced by early career scientists and underrepresented scientists in particular.

Now in its fifth year, the program has demonstrated that those completing it benefit through high-quality, focused mentoring by recognized world-class scientists on our SAB, potential  invitations to lecture at prestigious laboratories, potential requests to engage in collaborative research with established scientists, the opportunity to present a small piece of their research to the SAB, learning how small scientific meetings are planned, and engaging in in-depth discussions which address the challenges faced by underrepresented scientists.

To all individuals who might be eligible and interested – especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds, postdoctoral fellows (at least 2 years into the program), Assistant Professors (no more than 4 years into their appointment) or industry equivalent scientists – This Program is a research anchored, diversity focused program.

Applicants must be …

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  2. Actively engaged in full-time laboratory research

They do not have to be members of designated visible ethnic minority populations, but they do have to document substantial in-depth experiences in face to face interaction with persons from minority populations in the U.S., which include -

  1. Native American/Alaska Native,
  2. Hispanic/Latino,
  3. African American/Black, and
  4. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders,

And and ensure that these experiences are verifiable. Further, the applicants are required to document an understanding of the specific and sometimes nuanced issues and challenges often faced by underrepresented minority (URM) scientists. By face-to-face interactions, we mean experience or activity other than teaching, which is in many cases largely a one-way communication.  Applicants need to have a serious understanding of the issues in order to carry in-depth discussions in small group settings on challenges to enhancing participation in the life sciences by underrepresented scientists. Verifiable documentation of the qualifying experience is required as part of the application process, and applicants will be chosen in part, based on their demonstrated ability to inform on the issues facing underrepresented scientists.

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Class on June 1, 2013. The application and eligibility requirements may be found at Keystone Symposia Fellows Program, as well as photos and bios of the most recent class of Fellows.  The application to the Fellows Program must be returned via U.S. postal mail and postmarked no later than 12:00PM (MST) on September 1, 2013. Applicants are urged to begin the application process early in the spring-summer to avoid problems with obtaining necessary documents by the September deadline.

Laina King, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity in Life Science Programs

Mentor, Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology
P.I. NIH- MARC T-36 Grant

Post Office Box 1630
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498 USA
Telephone: 970-262-1230

Posted Date: 07/24/2013

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6:00 p.m. July 28 – noon, July 31, 2013

at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Application due:  April 1, 2013

image of 2013 NHLBI Population Studies Workshop

Apply here:

Featured Studies:

Jackson Heart Studylongitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors African Americans in the Jackson, Mississippi area.

Strong Heart Study multi-center longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors in American Indians in Arizona, Oklahoma and the Dakotas.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn how to access /utilize data available from the Jackson Heart and Strong Heart studies.
  • Develop and present a manuscript proposal using data from one or both of the studies.
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate with other investigators.


  • Early-career level investigators with previous research experience are invited to attend including

junior faculty, new investigators, post doctoral fellows.

  • Other interested investigators with research experience.
  • Targeted toward individuals not currently involved in these studies.


  • NHLBI staff, senior investigators, and data analysis staff from the Jackson Heart Study and Strong Heart Study.

Location and Cost

  • Workshop will be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH campus,  Bethesda, Maryland
  • No registration fee
  • Attendees  are responsible for their own travel, lodging and food costs

For questions:


Posted Date: 01/09/2013

Speaker: Siamak Ardekani, MD, PhD,
Assistant Research Scientist,
Center for Imaging Science and Institute for Computational Medicine,
The Johns Hopkins University  

Title: Identifying structural and functional remodeling in cardiovascular disease using computational anatomy

We invite you to attend a Web seminar from the CVRG, to be held on July 12, 2012 at 1:00pm EDT. You are welcome to forward this e-mail on to all interested parties. More information on the webinar can be found on the CVRG homepage, under CVRG Webinars.

Topic: CVRG Monthly Webinar – July 2012
Host: Stephen Granite
Date & Time: July 12, 2012 – 1:00pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event URL: Click here
Event number: 664 952 261
Event password: cvrg

To join the online event
1. Click here to join the online event.
Or copy and paste the following link to a browser:
2. Click “Join Now”.

For assistance
You can contact Stephen Granite at:

If you wish to no longer receive announcements regarding CVRG webinars, click here.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

Posted Date: 06/25/2012

(1)     “Mentored Career Award for Faculty at Institutions That Promote Diversity (K01)”, RFA-HL-13-018.  Details regarding this RFA are available at:

(2)     “T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32)”, RFA-HL-13-021. Details regarding this RFA are available at:

(3)     “Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity/Re-Entry in Biomedical Research (K01)”, RFA-HL-13-019.  Details regarding this RFA are available at:

(4)     “Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25)”, RFA-HL-13-020.  Details regarding this RFA are available at: For the R25 RFA we have “Suggested Tabular Formats for the Required Data”  which are available at:

Posted Date: 05/11/2012


April 17-19, 2012 Houston, Texas

We wish to inform the primate research community that registration and abstract submission is still open for the 5thInternational Conference on Primate Genomics. This meeting will be held April 17-19, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Hosted by the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center, this conference will bring together experts in genome technologies, comparative primate genetics, and applications of primate genomics to a broad range of studies in primate biology, evolution and disease, including primate models of human diseases. An international organizing committee has developed an outstanding program that will be of interest to current researchers in the field as well as to newcomers or young investigators looking for a general introduction to this area of very active research. All interested investigators are encouraged to visit for information about registration, hotels and submitting your own research for inclusion in the program. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 17. A small number of travel awards are available for young investigators to assist with expenses.

NOTE: The conference is interested in attracting minority scientists to their conference who either conduct research in this area or who may be interested in learning more about primate genomics research. They are also encouraging minority scientists who are interested in the area of bioinformatics to attend since primate genomics and bioinformatics are two powerful fields of study that are co-joined.

Posted Date: 02/14/2012

Do you know an investigator new to aging research? Perhaps it is you?

The NIA 2012 Summer Institute, now in its 26th year, is soliciting applications for an intensive introduction to aging research. This 7-day workshop for investigators new to aging research is focused on current issues, research methodologies, and funding opportunities. The Summer Institute on Aging Research is one of the premier short-term training opportunities for new investigators.  This is an invaluable introduction to the diverse fields of research in all fields of aging and geriatrics and affords students unparalleled access to NIA and NIH staff in an informal setting.

The 2012 Summer Institute will be held July 7 – 13 in Maryland. Support is available for travel and living expenses.

Applications are due March 9, 2012.

Minority investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.
Please view more information on the NIA web site:   2012 NIA Summer Institute.  A link to the online application is also provided on this web page.

For more information, please contact

Mrs. Andrea Griffin-Mann

Office of Special Populations
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health

Posted Date: 02/27/2012


If you are not yet a junior faculty or research scientist, unfortunately you are not eligible for PRIDE. However, for those of you interested in improving your post-doctoral training for advancing your career, the following websites offer some NHLBI-sponsored opportunities:

Post Doctoral Training in Genetic Epidemiology (D.C. Rao, Program Director)
The primary objective of this NHLBI-sponsored project is to produce cutting edge independent scientists and future research leaders in genetic epidemiology.

Posted Date: 01/18/2012

The Obesity Society has announced the following grant opportunities: Early-Career Research Grants, and Nutrisystem, Inc. Research Grant. Grants will be awarded for up to $25,000 each. Members of The Obesity Society are encouraged to apply by sending in their Letters of Intent by the Deadline of June 15, 2011. To read a description of each grant, and learn how to apply, please follow the link below:

Obesity Society 2011 Grants Program

Posted Date: 05/06/2011

Recognizing the Outstanding Achievement by an Early Career Stage Life Scientist from an Underrepresented Minority Group

Sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

~ March 7 – May 31, 2011 ~

All applications must be received electronically by May 31, 2011

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2011 FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award. The FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award (sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Science, National Institutes of Health) was established to recognize outstanding achievement by an early stage life scientist from an underrepresented minority group. Individuals eligible for nomination are U.S.A. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S.A. from an ethnic minority group recognized as being underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, are members of one or more of the societies of FASEB and are at a relatively early career stage, defined as a minimum of two-to-five years of postdoctoral research training or within one-year as a new assistant professor. Applications are requested from highly promising postdoctoral scientists who have demonstrated research productivity including having published first-author papers in scientific publications, mentoring of URM undergraduate and graduate students, and service leading to improving and expanding opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and academia.   A total of six (6) individual awards are available.  Each of the six awards will include a $3000 career development award, a certificate in recognition of the award, and  a $2500 travel award. Continue reading »

A list of NHLBI-sponsored research training and career development opportunities can be found on the NHLBI website at

Posted Date: 02/01/2011


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