Welcome to the University of Illinois at Chicago Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition
Research Training Program
This NIH-sponsored program is designed to provide outstanding training opportunities
in research related to diabetes, obesity and nutrition across a range of disciplines
at UIC. This program provides support for up to 3 years of research training, allowing
sufficient time for candidates with backgrounds in clinical disciplines to gain an
understanding of appropriate research techniques and strategies, and to apply them
in closely mentored research studies. Post-doctoral candidates in basic or applied
sciences also are encouraged to apply. Our goal is to provide outstanding research
training for individuals who aspire to a career in academic medicine and research
focusing on diabetes and obesity.
Research training opportunities are available across a range of disciplines, including
laboratory-based, translational, clinical, behavioral/preventive and community-based
research. The training faculty includes over 30 investigators at UIC that are actively
involved in research related to diabetes, nutrition and/or obesity, including professors,
associate professors and tenure track assistant professors. All training faculty
members are independent investigators with strong research and training backgrounds
and extramural funding. The diversity of the training faculty interests, affords
the trainees flexibility in choosing preceptors and specific research projects. At
the same time, there is significant complementary overlap of faculty research interests
as reflected in collaborative research projects, grant funding and co-authored publications.
Faculty and trainees meet regularly and interact at seminars, through informal discussions
and are actively involved in collaborative research. This interactive and collaborative
environment is important for developing new ideas and identifying new opportunities
for research. Training programs are designed to fit the research goals of individual
candidates. Trainees participate in research under the guidance of accomplished investigators
and mentors. Trainees also may enroll in pertinent courses in the medical and clinical
sciences to gain appropriate background for future studies. For example, candidates
interested in clinical or translational research may benefit from courses offered
in the NIH sponsored K30 training program in clinical research. Research training
is complemented by lectures, seminars, and interaction with visiting scientists.
Additional information regarding the training faculty and other resources is available
through the links on the right.