Mentoring of early-stage investigators when funding is tight: The childhood obesity prevention and treatment research experience

William J. Heerman, Jerica M. Berge, Shari L. Barkin

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-6
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA Pediatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018

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Funding Information:
and Treatment Research was supported by grants U01HL103561, U01HL103620, U01HL103622, U01HL103629, and U01HD068890 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development; and the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Dr Heerman’s time was supported by grant K23 HL127104 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Funding Information:
In 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR) consortium, which is a 7-year cooperative agreement that brings together 5 institutions to conduct obesity prevention or treatment trials.2 An innovative aspect of this cooperative agreement included funding for ESIs for the entire length of the 7-year grant award. These included emerging scientists from a range of disciplines at varying career stages (from postdoctoral researchers to junior faculty) who would be deliberately and systematically involved in the conduct of this research. The ESI group met for monthly tele-phonecallsandatannualface-to-facemeetings,thecon-tent of which included scientific works in progress, professional development skills, and peer mentoring. The group was led by 2 cochairs (W.J.H. and J.M.B.) and a faculty (principal investigator) mentor (S.L.B.).

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