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Obesity Summer School

(formerly known as Obesity Boot Camp)


The Obesity Summer School is a unique research training activity designed for students and new professionals. The program helps trainees advance their career and contributes to their continuing engagement in the obesity field. The objective of the Obesity Summer School is to increase multi-disciplinary understanding of obesity among future researchers and practitioners and to create a sense of community among new professionals interested in obesity.

The curriculum covers all aspects of obesity ranging from epidemiology and public health to cell biology, energy, regulation, clinical management. The program has a strong practical component that allows participants to integrate the learnings into their research and/or practice. Opportunities for formal and informal interactions between participants and senior faculty are a key factor in determining the success of the camp. One of the most important outcomes of this activity is the establishment of a community of new researchers and practitioners that can respond to the growing obesity epidemic in Canada and around the world. A formal social networking analysis of Summer School graduates indicates that the summer school supports the advancement of trainees’career and contributes to ongoing engagement in the obesity field.

The Obesity Summer School consists of nine days of intensive teaching and networking, offered to Canadian and international young obesity researchers and new professionals. Young professionals include individuals in their last year, or within five years of, completing their MSc/PhD training. The program is also open to health practitioners and/or clinician scientists such as physicians, dietitians, and exercise specialists.

Participants must submit a ​​completed application form, a letter of recommendation from their supervisor, a copy of their curriculum vitae and one single-spaced page summary of their research interests or area of practice, and a brief explanation of what they hope to get out of the boot camp.

Cost: $2500 (includes shared accommodation, syllabus, full program, meals, breaks and select social events). Optional transport to/from airport to camp and pre/post accommodation at additional expense (based on availability).

Space is limited. Click here to download the most recent boot camp announcement.

Application for the 11th Annual Obesity Summer Boot Camp, July 15-22, 2017- Departure date July 23, 2017(now OPEN). Application Deadline: 11:59 pm MDT Monday, March 27, 2017.

The list of successful applicants will be posted HERE when available.


All applicants are responsible for their own travel expenses and registration fee. There will be a limited number of scholarship awards (to cover the cost of the $2500 registration fee) available for full-time Canadian Students (MSc or PhD). Students will be required to provide proof of full-time student status. There is no separate application for the scholarship awards- the highest ranking applicants (based on the submission of the requirements listed above) will receive the awards.

“CON-RCO summer school provided me with an excellent learning opportunity. I have a strong interest in maternal infant research and pursuing an academic career, the experience has further reinforced it and provided an excellent opportunity to meet and stay in contact with experts and colleagues in various interdisciplinary fields” (future researcher).

“Helped me to understand the various areas and ways that obesity impacts many fields highlighting the truly multi-modal pathophysiology and (made me) realize that I can have an impact regardless of which area of medicine I choose to pursue” (future physician).

Click here to see the Boot Camp 2015 program!