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Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship

The Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship was founded to help bridge the gaps in knowledge surrounding the relationships between physical activity, nutrition, obesity, and cancer. Advancements in the energy balance research field will be used to optimize interventions to modify unhealthy behaviors, decrease cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes and deliver innovative practice-level changes to the clinical realm. By fostering a collaborative, trans-disciplinary environment, our research will contribute to institutional prestige by providing state-of-the-science erudition in:

  • prevention and survivorship–related interventions;
  • how key energy balance concepts affect cancer biomarkers; and
  • the biological and psychosocial mechanisms behind weight, eating behavior, and physical activity.


Assistant / Associate / Full Professor Position Available

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER is enhancing research initiatives in cancer and obesity, physical activity, nutrition. We are accepting application for term tenure-track faculty at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level in any area of research related to cancer and energy balance, obesity, physical activity, and nutrition. The successful candidate for this position will be expected to participate actively in an ambitious new multidisciplinary initiative in the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship. New faculty with expertise in energy balance and cancer will complement MD Anderson’s considerable existing expertise in these areas to form the core of this innovative multidisciplinary initiative. Expertise in the following areas is a high priority:

• Animal Models/Basic Science Researcher – studying the mechanisms and effects of exercise/diet/weight change on cancer initiation, promotion, progression, and metastasis
• Biobehavioral Researcher –developing knowledge on environmental, social, psychological, neurocognitive, and biological factors affect exercise behavior, eating behavior, and weight gain/loss/maintenance of loss
• Clinical Researcher – designing and implementing trials of exercise/diet/weight loss in cancer patients/survivors to study the effects on cancer outcomes
• Diet or Exercise Researcher – conducting laboratory research and controlled trials and experiments to study the physiologic effects of exercise/diet/weight change and their impact on cancer-related biomarkers and outcomes.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Applicants at Associate/Full Professor should have established research program and track record of funding. MD Anderson offers generous start-up packages, with lab space for basic scientists, and excellent benefits. MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the leading cancer centers in the country, and is located within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Houston is a dynamic, multicultural city with a very affordable cost of living.

MD Anderson provides rich opportunities for multidisciplinary research in laboratory, community-based, and clinical settings. The mission of the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship is to facilitate and conduct state-of-the-science research to understand the relationships between physical activity, nutrition, obesity, and cancer, and use this knowledge to optimize interventions to decrease cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes. The Center is supported by the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, located within the Division of Cancer Prevention. The Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences includes five departments: Behavioral Science, Clinical Cancer Prevention, Epidemiology, Health Disparities Research and Health Services Research.  

To apply, email a cover letter outlining the relevance of research experience and interests, brief statement of current and proposed research plan, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three to five references
Stacie Scruggs, MPH, Research Manager
Department of Behavioral Science

Please indicate in your cover letter the research disciplines that align with your research directions. More information on the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship can be found on the website

MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws, unless such distinction is required by law.  All positions at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information.  Smoke-free and drug-free environment.

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Upcoming Events

December 12, 2014
Energy Balance Journal Club
Obesity and oral health, Is there an implication for cancer prevention and survival? 
Dr. Irene Tami-Maury
12:00-1:00 p.m.
FCT3 (rms 2 and 7)
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