The ECDC committee provides a forum to harness the wealth of scientific and mentoring capabilities of the TCI faculty to positively impact and advance the research potential of talented students across the continuum of trainees, with the potential to pursue cancer research and promising emerging cancer investigators. The committee is charged with the identification of important gaps in knowledge of the broader TCI research community regarding specific malignant disease pathogenesis and disparities of relevance to our community and to develop novel curricular activities to address these needs. Three ECDC subcommittees, which report to the parent ECDC, have been formed to provide strategic guidance and recommendations concerning specific constituents in the larger community of TCI trainees, and to best inform policies, program development, targeted investments and the mission of the ECDC. The ECDC subcommittee on Cancer Biology PhD candidates in Biomedical Science, facilitates the delineation of needed educational enhancement activities to further advance cancer research career development of Cancer Biology PhD candidates. The ECDC Subcommittee on Diversity, provides recommendations to best advocate and foster the recruitment and retention of talented underrepresented minority cancer researchers and promote evidenced based knowledge regarding cancer disparities among TCI cancer investigators. The ECDC Research Advisory Subcommittee charged with advancing career development of physician scientist cancer researchers.