Sergio Duarte, Ph.D., Named NIH Diversity Grant Award Winner
The National Institutes of Health has determined that the best research is done by a diverse and well-trained workforce. In this spirit, they created the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, assisting investigators in their already funded projects.
In September, the grant was awarded to the University of Florida College of Medicine’s own Sergio Duarte, Ph.D. The training grant goes toward his research on health disparities in fatty liver disease. The collaborative project incorporates researchers from the University of Florida, Ohio University, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Duarte has been working on this project since April, and is only the second person in the UF College of Medicine’s department of surgery to receive this grant.
“It’s an extraordinary privilege and responsibility,” Duarte said. “It’s really encouraging as somebody who is trying to slowly find their independence in science.”
His mentor, Ali Zarrinpar, M.D., felt Duarte was more than qualified for this grant, and was proud to play a part in the research that got him here.
“It was not a big surprise,” Zarrinpar said. “It makes sure he has the resources, training, and support to get him to do what he says he’s going to do.”
The grant will support Duarte’s research for the next two years with the goal of increasing diversity in the research workforce and providing training, mentorship, and career development opportunities.