Nutrition T32 Objectives and Expectations

Support for 2 to 3 years of research training is available through an NIH-funded Nutrition Training Grant (T32 DK07658-33; PI: Nancy F. Krebs, MD). The objective of this program is to provide research training in the nutritional sciences to both MDs and PhDs who demonstrate a commitment to a career in nutrition research. Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and other departments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health with expertise in whole-body/clinical, tissue, cellular and molecular methodologies form the foundation of this institution's nutrition research. Areas of interest include obesity and energy balance; behavioral research related to eating & obesity; health promotion & nutrition education; implementation science; molecular, genetic, and environmental basis of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes; micronutrient homeostasis and effects of nutrient deficiency states; global nutrition; maternal and fetal nutrient utilization; fetal origins of adult disease, human aging and the epidemiology of nutrition-related conditions.

Research trainees are expected to spend a minimum of 80% effort on their research program. A proposal of the research plan to be undertaken will be required at the end of the fourth month of the first year. This research plan will be reviewed by a steering committee made up of program faculty. Formal presentation of progress will be required through the nutrition seminar series and the fellow’s scholarship oversight committee.

In addition to developing their research project, trainees are also expected to participate in: 1) the 8-hour course "Ethics in Research" taught in the fall semester; 2) the nutrition seminar series; and 3) one of several journal clubs and seminar series related to the individual’s interests. Many clinical fellows elect to complete coursework for a Master’s degree in Public Health or Clinical Science during their fellowship.‚Äč

For additional information, or if any assistance is required during the training program, please contact Sarah Borengasser, PhD, Associate Director (see below).

Sarah Borengasser, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director, Nutrition Training Grant

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Mail Stop F 561
12631 East 17th Avenue, Room 2615
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: (303) 724-9550

Applications and letters will be due for review yearly by January 15.

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