The Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative that supports four Research Centers and one Coordination Center. The TREC Coordination Center, in partnership with the four Research Centers, fosters collaboration among transdisciplinary teams of scientists with the goal of accelerating progress toward reducing cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality associated with obesity, low levels of physical activity, and poor diet. The Centers also provide training opportunities for new and established scientists who can carry out integrative research on energy balance and cancer outcomes. The TREC initiative complements NCI’s other energy balance research endeavors as well as efforts of the NIH Obesity Task Force. COMPASS serves as the Coordination Center (CC) for the TREC initiative. The CC supports communication, dissemination, data sharing, and collaboration among the TREC Research Centers and the NCI. The TREC Coordination Center:
- Collaborates with the TREC Research Centers to lead the scientific development of data methods and systems to promote collaborative research on energetics and cancer.
- Provides centralized operational support for the TREC initiative through organizing regular TREC meetings and establishing a communication infrastructure for information exchange.
- Facilitates the training of new investigators through the identification and coordination of educational workshops.
- Disseminates TREC research knowledge through creation and maintenance of a public website and organization of sessions at scientific meetings.
- Collaborates with the NCI and the TREC Research Centers to develop evaluation metrics for the TREC initiative and perform the evaluation on a regular basis.