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The TREC Training Workshop is geared to early career basic, clinical and population scientists (i.e., junior faculty and postdocs) who are interested in energy balance and cancer research from a transdisciplinary and translational perspective. Seminars, group sessions and one-on-one meetings will be led by approximately 20 senior faculty who are experts in the field.

Broad Topic

Example Topics/Sessions

Basic Sciences

Animal models, pre-clinical research methods, gains and gaps in energy balance and cancer

Cancer Biology & Epidemiology

Cancer biology, cancer rates, cancer causes, screening, surgery, treatment, side effects

Energy balance and cancer

What we know and don’t know - diet, PA and obesity assessment, observational and interventional studies; mediation, effect modification, race/ethnic and SES differences

Cancer Endpoints

Risk, recurrence, mortality, patient-reported outcomes, side effects, biomarkers/mechanisms

Review of Studies

TREC, NHS, WHI, WINS, WHEL, CHALLENGE, PAL, WISER, HOPE, WALC, and cooperative group trials

Research Methods

Study design, power calculation, data management, statistics; transdisciplinary research; human subjects and animal use; laboratory safety; research ethics.

Grant Writing

HIPAA, informed consent, IRB process, specific aims, significance, innovation, research design, eligibility criteria, recruitment, data collection, authorship, conflict of interest

Once funded, now what?

Study logo, brochures, recruitment letters, hiring staff, study start up

Career Development

CV, biosketch, networking, interviewing, conferences, presenting, media relations, publishing, appointments/promotions

All costs are covered.
We look forward to receiving your application! Apply here.

The caliber of trainees and faculty is amazing. What a treat to be able to interact with this group.

Faculty member

The TREC Workshop was incredibly helpful. I learned about grant writing, transdisciplinary research, and gained more knowledge in the field in one week than I could have in one year. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet experts in energy balance who are there to educate and mentor young investigators. I’ve kept in touch with a few of the faculty and co-fellows, and I hope to keep these relationships for years to come.


High bar to meet going forward! Kudos all around.

Faculty Member

Feedback was invaluable, not just on my proposal but on career advice – beyond expectation!