Elkin receives an R25 grant from the National Library of Medicine – UBNow: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

Peter L. Elkin, The UB Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, received an R25 grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to train the underrepresented minorities in biomedical informatics and data science.

“The grant is focused on recruiting people who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) who are either undergraduates or masters students, and the idea is to create a pipeline for our doctoral programs and for our medical schools and clinical informatics programs so that we can get more CRU individuals into those programs,” Elkin says. “As we move our recruitment earlier in an individual’s training, we hope that the field will be more like our medical school population and our community than it is today.

“This shows NIH’s understanding of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. It was a highly competitive environment to get this award,” he adds. “This complements our T15 Training Fellowship, which we also received from the NLM to train PhDs and postdocs in biomedical informatics and data science.”

The Jacobs School is one of 12 sites across the United States to receive the grant.

“It’s a feather in the hat at the Jacobs School. It’s $133,000 a year for a five-year term,” Elkin says. ‘they show that people across the country have a high opinion of our educational programs.

Twelve students – six from Western New York and six from outside the region – will be eligible for the scholarships each year.

“We are planning presentations on this opportunity at historically black colleges to try to improve recruitment at these schools over the next few months, and we are open to applications for next summer,” Elkin said.

Those interested in applying can contact Annie Hayes-Montesano, Clinical Informatics Training Program Administrator, at [email protected]

Ram Samudrala, a professor of biomedical informatics and head of the bioinformatics division, is the grant’s co-principal investigator.

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