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Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE) 9th Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Regency Ballrooms AB

October 19, 2019

7:00-7:30 a.m.


7:30-7:40 a.m.

ENDURE Meeting Goals and Introduction

Dr. Michelle Jones-London, Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

7:40-8:05 a.m.

NIH Blueprint Welcome and Scientific Presentation

Dr. David Shurtleff, Deputy Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

8:05-9:45 a.m.

Panel on “Pathways and Perspectives on Being a Researcher” Chair and Panel Introductions

Ashlee Van’t Veer, Director, Office of Research Training and Career Development

A discussion framed by several specific questions: What a graduate student should expect both of the school and themselves? How to identify a good mentor? Why a career in neuroscience research is fulfilling? How do I prepare for and navigate some of the challenges of graduate school? Each accomplished researcher will share their research background and answer the general questions from their respective lens including early lessons from graduate school, being a diverse scientist, and the big picture view of a research career.


  • Ms. Kaela Singleton – 2012-2014 ENDURE Alum, 2018 D-SPAN (F99/K00) Scholar at Georgetown University
  • Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor – Mitchel J. and Margo K. Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos – Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Yale university School of Medicine
9:45-11:30 a.m.

T32 Recruitment and Networking Fair

Institutions with a strong record of neuroscience training and interested in recruiting for predoctoral research programs