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Why we need to increase diversity in the immunology research community

The immunology research community lacks diversity, particularly at the top. Here I discuss diversity, inclusion and equity and their benefit to science. I suggest steps we can take to achieve a more diverse and inclusive community.

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Fig. 2: Percentage of women in career stages and typical timing of first F32 and R01.


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I thank the members of my laboratory, past and present, for teaching me the value of diversity in science. Many of the insights I shared in this commentary came from posts by my fellow scientists on Twitter. I thank the funding agencies, including the HHMI, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NSF, and NIH for their commitment and effort in promoting diversity in science.

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Iwasaki, A. Why we need to increase diversity in the immunology research community. Nat Immunol 20, 1085–1088 (2019).

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