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Weaving a Richer Tapestry in Biomedical Science

Tabak, L. A. and Collins, F. S. (2011) Weaving a Richer Tapestry in Biomedical Science. Science, 333 (6045). pp. 940-941. ISSN 0036-8075

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As much as the U.S. scientific community may wish to view itself as a single garment of many diverse and colorful threads, an unflinching consideration of actual data reminds us that our nation's biomedical research workforce remains nowhere near as rich as it could be. An analysis, performed by a team of researchers primarily supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in this issue of Science, reveals that from 2000 to 2006, black (1) grant applicants were significantly less likely to receive NIH research funding than were white applicants. The gap in success rates amounted to 10 percentage points, even after controlling for education, country of origin, training, employer characteristics, previous research awards, and publication record (2). Their analysis also showed a gap of 4.2 percentage points for Asians; however, the differences between Asian and white award probabilities were explained by exclusion of noncitizens from the analysis.

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Additional Information: Abstract from Science 19 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6045 pp. 940-941 DOI: 10.1126/science.1211704. Reprinted with permission from AAAS. Readers may view, browse, and/or download material for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or in part, without prior written permission from the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: National Institutes of Health (NIH), research funding
Subjects: Government Publications > NIH (National Institutes of Health)
Health > Disparities
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    Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2011 21:03
    Last Modified: 23 Aug 2011 11:28
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3117

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