Price Named Mentor for NIH’s All of Us Research Scholar ProgramFebruary 6, 2024
Winston Price, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has been named a mentor with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Scholars Program.
The scholars have access to one of the largest, most diverse datasets for biomedical
research that can help advance more tailored treatments and prevention guidelines.
Being selected to participate as a mentor in the Research Scholars Program marks a
commitment and achievement by mentors to guide future health researchers.
“The Research Scholar Program is a great opportunity for students to learn directly
from experienced researchers who mentor them through the vast, diverse dataset," said
Dr. Rubin Baskir, Division Chief for Researcher Engagement, NIH All of Us Research Program. “All of Us is proud to support future researchers who can advance discoveries.”
The research program is a historic effort to collect and study health data from at
least one million people living in the United States who reflect the country’s diversity
and includes communities historically underrepresented in medical research.
All of Us Research Scholars and Mentors receive a stipend to participate in this eight-month
program, which includes professional development opportunities, hands-on experience
conducting health research, and the opportunity to participate in the All of Us Researchers Convention. The convention provides a platform for participants to present
their research through poster presentations, engaging with researchers, students,
and mentors from across the nation.
Dr. Price has served as an All of US mentor for the past seven years. Since last fall, he has worked with two mentees
who are using the program to conduct scientific research that they will present at
the Researchers Convention in April.
“I choose to serve as a mentor because improving the diversity of researchers requires
giving opportunities to young scientists and helping to guide them through the research
maze,” Dr. Price said. “We have regular calls, online chats, Google Meets and other
social media connections based on the individual mentee's needs. The sessions are
targeting research project development, data analysis, presentation skill building
and general mentoring on career path goals.”
To support future health researchers, NIH annually hosts the Research Scholar Program.
The future of biomedical research is in the hands of early-career researchers, and
the program pairs them with mentors. Dr. Price has helped student researchers learn
how to conduct research utilizing the All of Us Data Browser or Researcher Workbench, guided them throughout the process, helped
them design scientific posters, and nurtured their scholarly interests.
“To watch the mentees progress toward their career aspirations and their achievement
of seeing their research presentation excel is gratifying,” Dr. Price said. “Past
mentees of mine have won awards for top research projects at the annual meeting in
the spring. I hope my mentees gain the confidence to succeed, the will to reach for
the stars in their career pursuits and the belief that they belong in the field of
scientific research at the highest levels.”
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