We have developed a highly productive and unique program in exercise science and rehabilitation medicine that provides key elements necessary for developing the next generation of exercise scientists. Our program provides a rich training environment that: i) consists of world-renowned scientists and mentors; ii) places an emphasis on “integrative” and “translational” science, key paradigms as illustrated by the creation of the NIH Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program; iii) provides a strong and very unique education program; iv) provides an extensive clinical platform via the UC Irvine Initiative for Clinical and Translational Science (EMSSI; NIH funded CTSA) that gives postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to engage in “translational” science; and v) includes an enhanced emphasis on the responsible conduct of research. We are particularly pleased to report that our trainees have been innovative and novel within the field of exercise science, focusing on:
The underlying philosophical perspective of this training program is that physical activity is medicine. In fact, physical activity (or a lack of physical activity) is probably one of the most powerful physiological factors influencing health. As noted above, our NIH postdoctoral T32 training program recently underwent competitive review and funding will begin May 1, 2014 and will run through 2019.