Purdue provides lab environment for those with disabilities.
Students with disabilities will learn how to conduct biomedical experiments independently, at a new Institute for Accessible Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A $2-million National Institutes of Health grant will support at least six students when it opens in 2012. Principal investigator Bradley Duerstock, who uses a wheelchair, says there aren't enough resources for young disabled researchers, and challenges such as reaching into a fume hood often discourage students from pursuing science. Online mentoring topics will include lab modifications and remotely accessing equipment. The grant is one of six NIH awards supporting diversity.