Transdisciplinary (TD) Training Opportunity in Energetics and Cancer!

We are in our 6th year of building a diverse community of transdisciplinary (TD) and translational (TL) researchers including those interested in cancer disparities and invite you to apply to our mentored program: The Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop.

The Workshop builds upon the NCI TREC Initiative and covers topics across the cancer control and T 0 -T 4 continua.

Funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and led by Yale University’s Dr. Melinda Irwin with a Senior Advisory Board and expert international faculty, this program builds capacity in TD and TL energetics and cancer research and is designed for early career investigators (i.e., junior faculty and postdocs). This 5-day, in  residence* Workshop places emphasis on developing and applying TD and TL competencies focused on energetics (i.e., obesity, diet and exercise) and cancer. Faculty span an array of professional disciplines, from basic scientists to clinicians to behavioral and population scientists. Formal didactic learning is integrated with one-on-one dialog and small group discussions to enable fellows to learn from each other, from faculty, and to develop a TD and TL network.

Below are a few of many testimonials as voiced by our previous cohorts.

The 6 th annual course will be held June 19-24, 2022 at Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, CT, U.S.A.*
Costs will be covered. 

Notification of Intent to apply (simple, informal email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is due no later than December 15, 2021. Full application is due no later than Friday, January 14, 2022.

For more detail and to apply, visit  Questions: contact Diana Lowry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Travel contingent on safety allowances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If necessary, we will conduct the 2022 Workshop virtually via Zoom, June 19-24, 2022. Decision will be made by April 1, 2022.

***** Testimonials ********

This was an amazing experience and completely unique. (Fellow)

This workshop reaffirmed my commitment to energy balance and cancer research. Connecting with experts in the field and gaining their input into developing ideas was critical. (Fellow)

This training and networking was awesome! There was clearly a cumulative effect of 6 days together. (Fellow)

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

A meeting unlike any other. Many opportunities for networking and collaboration. Highly recommend! (Fellow)

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. (Fellow)

Caliber of faculty & fellows = amazing week of high-quality science, networking, career advice, collaboration! (Fellow)

High bar to meet going forward! Kudos all around! (Faculty)

The networking and collaborative opportunities at this meeting are unmatched! (Fellow)

The TREC Workshop was phenomenal. The opportunity to be in a small group setting with such important thought leaders in the field of energy balance was unique and invaluable. The curriculum was well-thought out and balanced, covering all components of this transdisciplinary field. There was also plenty of time for informal networking and brainstorming. (Fellow)

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