UF CTSI Research Day Features Scholars and Trainees, NIH Loan Repayment Official

Trainees, scholars and pilot award recipients presented their work at the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Research Day recently and heard from an NIH official about how to alleviate a major barrier to research that’s never far from their thoughts: Student loans.

NIH Division of Loan Repayment Director Ericka Boone, PhD, wants early-career researchers to know that the agency has $68 million to distribute every year, and that more people should apply for it.

After decades of mounting concerns about the declining physician-scientist population, a recently published study from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) revealed some good news: most MD-PhD program graduates continue their careers in science. But the study also had some bad news: there still aren’t enough MD-PhD graduates to meet workforce needs, highlighting the importance of supporting and investing in early-career training for this unique group of investigators.

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