BRAINS Symposium

Broadening Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience
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The BRAINS logo, based on the two halves of a brain, one half is orange and the other half is blue with arrows point in all directions to represent diversity BRAINS acronym


Landing page with links to pages for the Program Team, Advisory Boards, and Panelists and Speakers

The BRAINS program is managed and supported by the integral teams and advisory boards listed below.

Program Team: The Program Team is comprised of six members, including the program's Principal Investigator and the Co-Principal Investigators, who manage the program's overall direction and facilitate its day-to-day operations.

Internal Advisory Board: The Internal Advisory Board is comprised of seven University of Washington faculty members who provide significant guidance to the BRAINS' Principal Investigators and program organizers, offering feedback on topics such as participant recruitment, symposium topics, symposium panelists, and more.

External Advisory Board: The External Advisory Board is comprised of eight senior scientists and faculty members in neuroscience-related fields across the nation. Each board member has a strong history of supporting and advocating for diversity within the neurosciences. Like the Internal Advisory Board, members of the External Advisory Board also provide guidance to the BRAINS program in areas such as participant recruitment and Symposium topics and panelists.

Panelists and Speakers: Each BRAINS Symposium will include a group of 12-15 senior scientists to offer both formal and informal opportunities for mentorship and networking, including diverse perspectives on developing successful scientific careers.

Evaluation Team: The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) is serving as the project evaluator. CWD has prior experience evaluating a number of other federally funded diversity-focused programs. For more information about The Center for Workforce Development, please visit their website at

Photos: three photos of BRAINS participants conversing

Last updated July 16, 2015

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