Research Career Development Core

Leader: Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, Ph.D.

Phone: 352-273-5735


Co-Leader: Kenneth Cusi, M.D.

Phone: 352-273-8661



Career development meetingThe RCDC promotes the development of independent investigators in interdisciplinary research on aging relevant to the independence of older Americans. This core emphasizes the development of leadership skills for translating basic findings into clinical research and clinical findings into basic research.

The RCDC supports the research training of OAIC Junior Scholars.  The Junior Scholars span the spectrum from being not yet funded, to having an external career development award or equivalent, to advanced trainees who already obtained grants that provide substantial salary support.

Under the direction of the RCDC Core leader, each Junior Scholar has assembled a mentoring committee with one primary mentor and 2-4 secondary mentors.  The trainees and mentors meet regularly to discuss and strategically plan the research agenda, training and development activities and trajectory for independent funding.  Scholars may expect to have a portion of their salary and research activities sponsored by the Core.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS (funding is contingent upon meeting these requirements and available funds)

  1. Attendance at all UF Aging Seminars
  2. Attendance at monthly Scholar “Roundtable Research” Seminars
  3. Twice annual Scholar Progress Reports based on meeting with mentoring committee
  4. Integration with projects/papers with other RCDC scholars
  5. Progress towards acquiring independent research support
  6. Your independent research should “intertwine” with our UF OAIC theme of “Sarcopenia and Prevention of Disability”


  1. Consult with Drs. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh or Kenneth Cusi on your potential to become and RCDC scholar and application process. This should also include a discussion with your current primary mentor and department Chair.
  2. The application should contain the following :
  •  An updated CV
  • Summary paragraph  of how your involvement in the RCDC will address the UF OAIC theme of “Sarcopenia and Prevention of Disability” and enhance your own research program
  • Propose a mentoring committee. This should be after consultation with Dr. Leeuwenburgh and your current Primary Mentor.
  • Propose any additional coursework you think will enhance your career development.Strong encouragement is given to clinical researchers (especially MDs).