NIH Updates Notice of Interest in Diversity

The NIH November 22 via the Federal Register released an updated diversity statement, including an expanded definition of underrepresented populations amongst US scientific researchers in an effort to increase workforce diversity. NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer, MD, authored an accompanying Open Mike blog, noting the rationale in updating the definition of "individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds." Dr. Lauer concludes, "This revised definition should better capture many scientists with a disadvantaged background, and be relatively easy to assess, ensuring we continue enhancing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce."