The Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Grant in Eating Disorders Research provides multidisciplinary research training to doctoral degree graduates planning academic research careers in the field of eating disorders. The program was started in 2009. Due to the regional nature of the program, much of the combined training is conducted via video teleconferencing. The program holds two in-person meetings of the training cohort and mentors each and these meetings rotate between sites. In addition, the program trainees and faculty meet informally at the Eating Disorders Research Society and the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Meeting.
Each of the trainees is engaged in several active research projects, including collaborative projects and projects of their own devising. Each of the trainees receives ongoing Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. The program is organized around a series of individual experiences for each trainee (consisting of their interactions with their mentoring team, conduct of their research projects, and taking individual course work at their host institution). In addition, there are cross T32 experiences. These include the Monday Didactic Seminar, the Journal Club/Research Seminar occurring each Wednesday, and four annual in-person meetings of the entire cohort and key mentors.