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Two NORC and DNS mentorees selected for 2013 Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute

March 1, 2013

Ceren Yarar, Ph.D.

Emily Dhurandhar, PhD, Postdoctoral Trainee in the Obesity Training Program (DK062710) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), has been admitted into the Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute for 2013. Dr. Dhurandhar’s current research is funded by a NORC-administered T-32 Training Grant as well as a grant from the International Life Sciences Institute.

Also accepted into the program was Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD, formerly a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences (DNS) and the NORC (now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NORC at the University of Colorado, Denver). Dr. Cardel also began her postdoctoral training on a T-32 Training Grant.

Established in 1998, the Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute is committed to developing leadership in nutritional sciences and promoting excellence in research. The program equips outstanding nutritional scientists early in their careers with the skills and perspective required to achieve full professional potential.

During the concentrated five-day program, participants learn strategies for improving their ability to lead not only in their place of employment but also in the field of nutrition. According to the Dannon Institute’s website, participating scientists will:

  • learn to identify and reinforce the personal and professional attributes that are characteristic of successful leaders;
  • be encouraged to set appropriate personal and professional goals;
  • be provided with a network of peers and well-established professionals in the field of nutrition.