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The Importance of Diversity

A growing body of research focused on the benefits of diversity shows that teams comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences produces better and more innovative products and ideas than a homogenous team.

NIH is interested in the benefits of a diverse workforce on scientific discovery, with a particular focus on enhancing the pool of individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. A strong, creative and diverse research workforce requires preparation through research education, training and career development programs, and involves both educational and research workplace environments.

Proteostasis Consortium Initiatives:

  • Promote scientific and social interactions among members of our diverse community.
  • Provide administrative support, training programs, mentors-in-training, and mentorship.
  • Enhance student recruitment through networking with diversity programs and leads at Center institutions and URM-serving organizations.


National Institute on Aging Diversity Programs

Visit the National Institute on Aging Diversity Programs website to learn more.


Diversity and Outreach

Barry Aprison

Barry Aprison, PhD
Diversity and Outreach Coordinator
Northwestern University