New Distinguished Scholar Award aims to mitigate gender gaps in medical research

New Distinguished Scholar Award aims to mitigate gender gaps in medical research

Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor) Jan 23 2020 The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—an international leader in medical and scientific training, biomedical research, and patient care—today announced the recipients of the first-of-its-kind Distinguished Scholar Award, a new annual grant sponsored by the Office of Gender Equity in Science and Medicine. The awards aim to mitigate gender gaps in medical research by supporting researchers with additional project resources while they serve as family caretakers. Far too often, promising researchers and scientists miss professional opportunities due to caregiving responsibilities. This new series of grants, selected through an NIH-style review, will empower recipients to continue their groundbreaking work while they integrate caregiving into their lives. We look forward to the exciting work our recipients will be able to undertake with this support in the new year. Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH, Dean for Gender Equity at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Although women make up half of all medical school graduates in the field, studies show that men hold the rank of full professor at a five-to-one ratio compared to women. One cause of this disparity is that many scientists simultaneously become primary caregivers as they begin careers in research-;something that disproportionately affects women. The Distinguished Scholar Award, open to all genders, is designed to reduce gender-based disparities by delivering financial support to junior investigators just as they work to integrate family caretaking into their careers. Dr. Horowitz-;the first dean of gender equity in the nation at a medical school-;and Sandra K. Masur, PhD, Director of the Office for Women's Careers at Mount Sinai, conceived and distributed these highly competitive one-year $50,000 grants. No one should have to choose between caring for a family member and advancing professionally, and no one should be hindered in their research because they welcome a child into the world. Equity and excellence go hand in hand, and this series of grants is an important step in tackling the systemic inequities that exist across medicine. At the Icahn School of Medicine, we are unwavering in our commitment to advancing equity and helping all of our employees to reach their highest potential. Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai The Awardees will provide four Assistant Professors, each extremely talented with unique research projects, a boost in funding that will allow them to maintain productivity while they face the significant demands of being a caregiver. Beyond the monetary award, grantees will be given access to career development resources, including programs through the Office for Women's Careers and the Office of Gender Equity. Related Stories



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