BRAINS Symposium

Broadening Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience
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About Brains

An introduction to the BRAINS program

Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience (BRAINS), a program based at the University of Washington, is designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of neuroscience postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors from underrepresented groups.

Participants will gain a stronger sense of career self-efficacy through a combination of symposia, peer networks, mentoring relationships, and career consultations over a two-year period. The long-term goal of BRAINS is to increase diversity in academic and scientific leadership in neuroscience-related fields.

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A list of recent happenings related to BRAINS
  • Peer Mentoring Circles: A Strategy for Thriving in Science
    Learn more about the power of the BRAINS Peer Mentoring Circle model on this BioMed Central Blog Post.
  • BRAINS 2017 Application Deadline Extended
    Applications for the 2017 BRAINS Fellows and Affiliates Programs are now accepted until 9:00 PM (PT) on June 7, 2017. See the Application Page for more details.
  • Hear About The BRAINS Program
    A 2016 professional development session video produced by the Society for Neuroscience titled Creating Connections in Support of Diverse Neuroscientists highlights the BRAINS program and offers suggestions for improving professional development opportunities at your institutions. This video is open to the public until May 22, 2017, after which time it will be available to SfN members.
  • BRAINS Paper in Neuron
    BRAINS has published a perspective in Neuron about transforming career development.
  • Presentation at Understanding Interventions Conference
    The BRAINS Team gave a presentation at the March 2017 Understanding Interventions Conference.
  • Learn More about the BRAINS Program
    SfN members can login and check out some highlights from our 2016 SfN workshop called Creating Connections in Support of Diverse Neuroscience.
  • BRAINS Program Renewed!
    In December 2016, the BRAINS Program received a renewal reward from NINDS. BRAINS is now funded through 2021.
  • BRAINS team has paper published in CBE-LSE
    The BRAINS team has a paper published in September 2016 issue of CBE LSE. The paper is titled “Learning to Thrive: Building Diverse Scientists’ Access to Community and Resources through the BRAINS Program.” Read more about it at
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