Seven Strategies to Integrate Equity within Translational Research in Neurology

Karlo J. Lizarraga, Tirisham Gyang, Richard T. Benson, Gretchen L. Birbeck, Karen C. Johnston, Walter Royal, Ralph L. Sacco, Benjamin Segal, Barbara G. Vickrey, Robert C. Griggs, Robert G. Holloway

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The rapidly accelerating translation of biomedical advances is leading to revolutionary therapies that are often inaccessible to historically marginalized populations. We identified and synthesized recent guidelines and statements to propose 7 strategies to integrate equity within translational research in neurology: (1) learn history; (2) learn about upstream forces; (3) diversify and liberate; (4) change narratives and adopt best communication practices; (5) study social drivers of health and lived experiences; (6) leverage health technologies; and (7) build, sustain, and lead culturally humble teams. We propose that equity should be a major goal of translational research, equally important as safety and efficacy. ANN NEUROL 2024;95:432–441.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-441
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024


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