Training Opportunities & Support

The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Kansas City prepares promising new scholars to conduct groundbreaking, interdisciplinary pediatric research related to all aspects of healthy lifestyles. Our predoctoral trainees and postdoctoral fellows benefit from CHLN noon seminars, institutional didactic workshops, personalized mentoring, and project-based research experience to launch their independent research careers.  Our training program is tailored to meet each fellow’s unique career goals, stretching their previous training into new and exciting areas. Each fellow (in partnership with their primary mentor and/or mentorship team) will develop an individualized training plan composed of coursework as well as paper and grant submission goals that will be overseen by a team of senior level scientists who will ensure that the postdoctoral fellow and their mentor have all the tools necessary to meet the goals described in the plan. Following this plan, the fellow is quickly immersed in training, working with their mentor and their team, and integrated into ongoing research throughout the center. Following these steps, the center prepares our fellows for positions as junior faculty in the health sciences at universities or children’s hospitals, as investigators in nonprofit research institutions, and staff members at the National Institutes of Health.

The University of Kansas Medical Center

Our center is part of the vibrant research community at the University of Kansas Medical Center. KUMC is one of 36 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, an invitation-only organization for the nation’s top research universities. In addition, KU is one of 26 U.S. universities that have a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, a National Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer’s disease center and a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award. Our center fellows and trainees have full access to the many trainings at KUMC in the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, as well as at the main campus in Lawrence. The CTSA at KUMC is called Frontiers and brings especially rich training resources to our fellows, as well as the TL1 grant funding program and the KL2 career development award funding program.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Our center is also part of the vibrant research community at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, including the state of the art Children’s Mercy Research Institute. The Children’s Mercy Research Institute (CMRI) integrates research and clinical care with multidisciplinary teams at the point of care while bringing together nationally recognized expertise in genomic medicine, precision therapeutics, population health and health care innovation. As a result, we accelerate the development of groundbreaking individualized therapies and treatments that transform the potential of all children, one child at a time. The CMRI and Children’s Mercy have a strong commitment to research training evidenced by an ongoing grant writing club and trainings on topics such as qualitative research methods and clinical trials conduct.

For a list of especially relevant courses assembled by our team, please click HERE.