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The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in laboratory closings, class disruptions, and hiring freezes. Combined with challenges experienced by the entire population, these situations have brought to light systemic institutional challenges faced by neuroscience trainees. At the same time, there has been a collective awakening around issues related to race, diversity, and inclusion. To explore these issues in more depth, consider changes needed across the ecosystem, and spark continuing discussion, a virtual workshop held on January 19, 2021. This workshop was the second in a series originating from the Action Collaborative on Neuroscience Training: Developing a Nimble and Versatile Workforce, an initiative of the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The workshop series aims to illuminate critical issues and catalyze a reconsideration of how neuroscience training could be designed to meet current and future workforce needs across multiple sectors. This publication highlights the presentations of the workshop.


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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Neuroscience Training in Challenging Times: An Opportunity to Address Long-Standing Problems and Move Forward: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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