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UCB's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering at AES for a Better Future

At UCB, we believe in making a difference not only in the lives of individuals living with and caring for those with epilepsy and rare syndromes but also in the broader communities we serve. We are proud to announce our partnership with the American Epilepsy Society (AES) as the exclusive sponsor of components of their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives at the AES 2023 Annual Meeting. This collaboration signifies our shared values and commitment to fostering an environment of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and excellence.

A Shared Commitment to Core Values

UCB's dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion aligns seamlessly with the AES's priorities, which encompass inclusivity, diversity, equity, fairness, integrity, interprofessional engagement, collaboration, innovation, and the pursuit of excellence. As we come together to support the AES 2023 Annual Meeting, we recognize the significance of our combined efforts in advancing the field of epilepsy research while ensuring that diverse perspectives and voices are represented.

Empowering Emerging Scientists and Clinicians

Our sponsorship of the DE&I sponsored programs exemplifies our unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals affected by epilepsy and rare syndromes. Through this collaboration, UCB supports AES's aim to provide essential career support for both current and emerging epilepsy scientists and clinicians who belong to historically underrepresented groups and underserved populations. By doing so, we seek to bridge gaps and promote equitable opportunities within the epilepsy community.

Exciting Initiatives for a Brighter Future

Our sponsorship encompasses a range of exciting initiatives designed to create meaningful change within the epilepsy community through the AES BRIDGE program – Broadening Representation, Inclusion, and Diversity by Growing Equity. This program is at the heart of AES' commitment to fostering diversity within epilepsy research. It includes the following components:

  • AES Summer Intern Research Poster Sessions: Partnering with university-based laboratories and AES member scientists, this initiative identifies and supports promising undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in science and medicine. These budding scientists engage in epilepsy research, contributing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the field.

  • Summer Interns at AES Annual Meeting: We are thrilled to support the AES summer interns as they are introduced to the epilepsy community, providing them with exposure to cutting-edge research, networking opportunities, and career-building activities. 

"As a first-generation college student and neurobiology major, I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the AES Summer Internship program. I have had the pleasure to work with and meet senior researchers across the U.S. These connections have allowed me to become confident in my future educational journey, learn new skills in work that I love to do and solidified my desire to continue my focus on research in the future." Veronica Alonso, AES BRIDGE Summer Intern, Stanford University Neurobiology Major

  • AES Accomplished Investigators Poster Session: We're dedicated to supporting showcasing the remarkable work of accomplished investigators from underrepresented groups and research relevant to underserved populations. The BRIDGE posters will be featured in the AES 2023 Guide to Abstracts, ensuring that these voices and insights are prominently represented.

UCB's Role in Population Health

At UCB, we believe that our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond research. Our population health teams collaborate with various stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, integrated delivery networks, academics, patients, and caregivers, to address health challenges faced by different groups. By working together, we strive to improve health outcomes and create a more equitable healthcare landscape for all.

Join Us on this Journey

We invite you to learn more about our initiatives and the impact of our partnership with the AES. By championing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are not only advancing epilepsy research but also driving positive change in the lives of individuals and communities that need it most. As we embark on this journey together, let's continue to inspire, innovate, and create a brighter future for all.

For further information on our work across different therapeutic areas and the resources available for various stakeholders, explore our website here. 

Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the world of epilepsy research and beyond.