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Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience (BRAINS) is a national program dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion in neuroscience. BRAINS uses a unique cohort-based professional development approach to explicitly address the inclusion, retention, and advancement of early career (post Ph.D. and pre-tenure) neuroscientists from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.

The BRAINS experience positively impacts participants’ career trajectories, especially in academic neuroscience, and creates a perpetually empowering community. 

"Once in BRAINS, always in BRAINS"

As of 2020:

  • 144 BRAINS participants since 2013
  • 97% of participants continue to pursue science careers 
  • 42 participants have become assistant professors 
  • 15 participants have advanced to associate professor, full professor, chair and provost positions 

BRAINS has been funded since 2011 by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and is based at the University of Washington.