In addition to the hands-on research with interns, the program offers the Inspire Speaker Series, online weekly talks highlighting the careers of experts and leaders in the field of neurology. These talks are open to everyone and have already reached more than 500 students across dozens of countries. Looking forward, the MGH Youth Neurology Education and Research Program aims to reach a total of 100 neurology research interns by 2022.
In 2021, Biogen expanded on this model with Duke University School of Medicine, delivering a summer training and mentoring program in neuroscience for underrepresented high school and college students. That program includes the Duke Summer Training in Academic Research, recruiting students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as mentorship from Biogen leaders. The program served 20 high school students, college students and teachers in 2021, with plans to more than double the number of participants in 2022, ensuring all students come from communities underrepresented in neuroscience.
As part of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy, Biogen is committed to supporting and expanding a diverse pipeline of STEM talent. Diversifying the neurology field and ensuring all students have opportunities to learn, grow and apply their talent is critical in treating and curing some of the most challenging neurological diseases of our time.