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Special Populations Research Forum

The Special Populations Research Forum (SPRF) was developed in 1998 by Dr. J. Taylor Harden - former Director of NIA’s Office of Special Populations - as a means for NIH staff to share best practices and lessons learned in diversity training and the recruitment/retention of underrepresented populations into biomedical research.

The SPRF seeks to build and foster a community of intramural and extramural NIH staff with a common interest and expertise in diversity issues; and to develop a safe environment for mutual exchange of knowledge and experience. SPRF supports NIH staff that create, innovate, and implement NIH scientific and training programs designed to diversify the Nation’s research enterprise. Our group provides a trans-NIH forum for sharing and examining programs, initiatives, and strategies aligned with the NIH mission that enhance and accelerate the development of the research careers of individuals from diverse populations. This group encourages the career and professional development of its members through peer mentoring and mutual support. The SPRF serves as a resource to the NIH’s diversity and workforce development communities. The SPRF also recommends topics and speakers for a range of events, including the NIH Research Festivals and Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS).

SPRF is open to all NIH and HHS staff with an interest in enhancing the diversity of the Nation’s research enterprise.

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