Team Science Program



Why Team Science

Event Schedule

Ongoing TSRIP-supported collaboration activities

Past Events

Publications resulting from TSRIP seed-funding

Event Feedback

Team Science Program Services

The TSP fosters and supports team science efforts across campus and between our campus and other partners. The program offers a menu of services aimed at stimulating multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary efforts, from producing team-building events to supporting administrative needs of new teams. Click here for a complete description of TSP services. 

TSP supports a variety of event formats, including:

  • Symposia: Large events held to kick-off significant efforts in a broad area of interest or need.
  • Collaboratory Meetups: Events in which faculty, often with diverse expertise, gather around a particular topic of broad interest. These meetings include lightning talks and networking time.
  • Speed Networking: Smaller events where potential collaborators interact in a discrete, face to face format modeled on speed dating.
  • Workshops: Small gatherings of faculty with the goal of building a cohesive research team focused on a topic of common interest.
  • Recurring Research Team Meetings: Meetings designed to build and sustain new research teams. These recurring meetings are often initiated as a result of participation in a collaboratory meetup or workshop.

If you're interested in forming a new research team, contact Page Sorensen to learn how the TSP can support your specific needs.

Event Schedule

In the Mix: Please join us for an evening team science event to encourage cross-institutional collaboration between UCSF and San Francisco State University. The theme of the event is ‘Broader Impacts’. We will welcome representatives from the cross-institutional Center for Cellular Construction to speak about the Center’s outreach efforts and broader impacts. As the Center also represents a successful collaboration between UCSF and SFSU, the talk will highlight some nuts and bolts of collaborating across our institutions. This is the second event in a networking series to foster faculty interaction between UCSF and SFSU and support a research collaboration pipeline between the two institutions. This event is scheduled for 5-7pm on May 3rd, 2018 at the UCSF Parnassus campus. Visit our Eventbrite page for further details and to register.

Why Team Science?

Multi-disciplinary team approach to research have fast become a key element of the research enterprise portfolio for several reasons (An in-depth list of publications in the science of team science can be found on the SciTS organization website):

  1. Team science has been shown to increase research productivity by measure of the number of publications, patents and collaborations;
  2. Multi-investigator centers lead to an increase in future research funding competitiveness;
  3. Cross-discipline teamwork fosters innovative approaches and different ways of thinking.

Ongoing Team Science Program-Supported Collaboration Activities

The Team Science Program supports follow-on activities to events we produce in order to help the engaged attendees capitalize on momentum created by the events. We provide communication and other strategic advice, and short-term logistical, technical, and administrative assistance to the groups. We've described below the ongoing collaboration activities that resulted from Team Science Program events.

NeuroRecovery Research Development Group: This group aims to establish an inclusive forum for clinicians, scientists, and any other interested parties to advance research and patient care related to recovery from neurologic injury. The group is currently in the early phases of establishing regular operational meetings. To learn more and participate, subscribe to the NeuroRecovery Listserv.

Working Group for Research Related to Pain: The Team Science Program put forth a CALL TO ACTION to continue interactions and capitalize on the energy brought to the ‘pain’ event in December, 2016. Several people stepped up to help lead this charge as a working group and have formulated a plan for moving forward. The working group will hold quarterly, in person meetings with the goal of formulating a multimillion dollar proposal for an integrated pain research program at UCSF, using the recent (and recurring every 3 years) MacArthur 100&Change challenge as a model. The initial format of these meetings will be lunch-time get-togethers, food provided, in which two speakers will briefly present one clinical pain problem and one basic science pain problem, followed by semi-structured discussion. To learn more and participate, subscribe to the Pain Listserv

Past Events

NGO Founders Meetup: Have you founded an NGO? Do you want to in the future? Want to meet with other NGO founders who have negotiated this role as well as their role as a UCSF faculty member? In partnership with the Global Maternal Newborn Health Research Cooperative led by Dr. Dilys Walker and Hannah Park, we are hosting an event for UCSF faculty to learn about starting and running a non-profit organization. Join us on January 8th, 2018 from 3:30-5:30pm on the Mission Bay Campus. Visit our Eventbrite page for further details and to register.

In the Mix: Please join us for an evening team science event to encourage cross-institutional collaboration between UCSF and San Francisco State University. The theme of the event is ‘finding patterns in big data’. We will welcome UCSF Research, Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA, to speak about her work on the sugar industry papers. She will highlight her handling of the large data set and how multi-disciplinarity made the work more impactful. This is the first event in a networking series to foster faculty interaction between UCSF and SFSU and support a research collaboration pipeline between the two institutions. This event is scheduled for 5-7pm on January 18th, 2018 at the UCSF Parnassus campus. Visit our Eventbrite page for further details and to register.

Marcus Mixer 2: We are hosting the second annual Mixer for the Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation (MPPMI). Join us on February 21st, from 3:30-5:30pm, to network with fellow faculty pursuing precision medicine innovations. Please register here.

Autoimmunity Research Networking Event: Joins UCSF clinicians and researchers for an afternoon team science event around autoimmune disease research. We are organizing this event in partnership with the Vice Chancellor of Research, Dr. Lindsey Criswell. The goal of the event is to introduce faculty who focus on different aspects of autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases to each other and spark new collaborations between silos. Visit our Eventbrite page for further details and to register.

Consortium on Infant Crying: The idea for this event was based on several questions: Crying is such a basic thing that babies do, but how much do we really understand about it? What makes one baby cry more than another? What are the best ways to measure how much a baby cries? How should we manage excessive infant crying (i.e. infant colic)? How can we help reduce parental frustration and minimize risk of shaken baby syndrome? We organized this event in collaboration with Dr. Amy Gelfand. Distinguished speakers from diverse backgrounds, including neurology, neonatology, nursing, and pediatrics, spoke at this event. Watch the talks here.

Publications resulting from Team Science Program seed-funding


Bruni, G., Rennekamp, A. J., Velenich, A., McCarroll, M., Gendelev, L., Fertsch, E., . . . Kokel, D. (2016). Zebrafish behavioral profiling identifies multitarget antipsychotic-like compounds. Nat Chem Biol, 12(7), 559-566. doi: 10.1038/nchembio.2097

Lorberbaum, T., Nasir, M., Keiser, M. J., Vilar, S., Hripcsak, G., & Tatonetti, N. P. (2015). Systems pharmacology augments drug safety surveillance. Clin Pharmacol Ther, 97(2), 151-158. doi: 10.1002/cpt.2

McCarroll, M. N., Gendelev, L., Keiser, M. J., & Kokel, D. (2016). Leveraging Large-scale Behavioral Profiling in Zebrafish to Explore Neuroactive Polypharmacology. ACS Chem Biol, 11(4), 842-849. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.5b00800

Prather, A. A., Epel, E. S., Arenander, J., Broestl, L., Garay, B. I., Wang, D., & Dubal, D. B. (2015). Longevity factor klotho and chronic psychological stress. Transl Psychiatry, 5, e585. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.81

Event Feedback

“The connection/project from it is still early stage but has already opened some new ideas between my lab & the dept. urology. We just contributed to a U54 application of theirs on this subject in early March, in fact.”
-- Mike Keiser, PhD School of Pharmacy

“There are colleagues I had not previously met at all levels of advancement who have really interesting platforms that might intersect with my disease-focused interests in very productive ways. I was glad I went to the speed-networking event and look forward to participating in future ones!”
-- Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

“Got someone an interview in her department…”
-- Pamela Paris, PhD Department of Urology

“The speed networking event is a good way for PIs to meet each other and find out areas of common interests. For me, this led to meetings between PIs outside of the networking event to discuss science and research initiatives. I met both at Parnassus and Mission Bay with other PIs and the meetings were very helpful in ideas and research direction. It was also great that both people with PhDs and MD/PhDs were able to synergize using their diverse backgrounds. In general, the research collaborations that I have had are long term and built on interests/relationships that take time to build. I think the networking efforts you have organized are a great additional step toward achieving this!”
-- Joseph Shieh, MD, PhD Department of Pediatrics

“As I headed over to Parnassus for the speed-networking event, I briefly lamented all the "to-do's" that were left behind at Mission Bay for two hours. I had no idea that I would meet and enjoy people that expanded the scope and significance of my research program. Following one such meeting with Aric Prather from Psychiatry, we wrote a proposal that combined our expertise in aging and stress. The project was seed-funded by RDO and revealed that chronic stress links to lower levels of the longevity hormone klotho. We quickly published our work and have a grant in the review process at NIA to dig deeper into the fascinating finding. This type of networking event brings the best minds together from different career stages and diverse scientific backgrounds – and enables the convergence of thoughts and ideas that make for impactful biomedical discovery.”
-- Dena Dubal, MD, PhD Memory & Aging Center

“I went into the Speed-Networking Event not knowing what to expect, but I’m certainly grateful I attended. Through the Speed-Networking event I developed an exciting and fruitful scientific collaboration with Dena Dubal, a renowned neurologist. We now collaborate on several research projects at the intersection of psychology, psychiatry, and the biology of aging. For example, we recently published a paper in Translational Psychiatry demonstrating for the first time an association between chronic psychological stress and klotho, a longevity hormone, providing a novel biological pathway through which chronic stress may contribute to premature aging. This RDO event truly reflects a critical investment in the interdisciplinary, innovative science that makes UCSF a health leader.”
-- Aric Prather, PhD Department of Psychiatry

“A great opportunity to have fun while networking with colleagues across departments. You may not really know what someone down the hall, or up the stairs, or at Laurel Heights, is doing, but you will have a chance to hear some really interesting clinical and research ideas, and something is bound to resonate with you. I was so glad I went to one of these campus events— it was amazing what we accomplished when we each had three minutes of uninterrupted time to tell someone else what was on our research wish list.”
-- Kathy Lee, RN, PhD School of Nursing

“The speed-networking event hosted by the Research Development Office allowed me to meet many interesting researchers across campus who I would never have otherwise encountered. It led to collaboration for me on a P30 application; while this application was not ultimately funded, it created a new cross-disciplinary relationship from which to build future applications.”
-- Leah Karliner, MD School of Medicine

“Even though we have not yet turned the initial support into a big grant yet, we are still working toward that. I feel that the speed-networking event is like planting a seed. It connects basic science with clinical research, and is completely worthwhile.”
-- Su Guo, PhD School of Pharmacy