The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.5 million to nine institutions working to provide high school students from minorities underrepresented in medicine the opportunity to participate in health-related research.
Three-year grants of $194,400 each were awarded through the foundation's newly established Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students (CREHSS) program to the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and Bradley, Stanford, and Temple universities. As part of the program, up to ninety students a year — ten at each participating institution — will be matched with mentors and given the opportunity to participate in research projects covering a wide range of areas, including health disparities, childhood diseases, and surgical research.
"The ultimate goal of the Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students program is to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce," said Betsy Myers, program director of the medical research program at DDCF. "While they are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, minorities remain underrepresented in medical research careers. For example, almost 13 percent of the population is black and about 16 percent is Hispanic, yet among medical students, only 7 percent and 8 percent are black and Hispanic, respectively. We hope that early engagement in the scientific process will motivate students to pursue a career in clinical research or a related field."