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):
- Team science has been shown to increase research productivity by measure of the number of publications, patents and collaborations;
- Multi-investigator centers lead to an increase in future research funding competitiveness;
- Cross-discipline teamwork fosters innovative approaches and different ways of thinking.
The Team Science Program fosters and supports team science efforts across campus and between our campus and other partners. The program offers a menu of activities aimed at stimulating multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary efforts, including “speed-networking” events and “collaboratory meet-ups”. The Program can also develop and facilitate brainstorming sessions and coordinate research-specific workshops, as well as coach teams through challenges implicit in diverse team composition, from leadership coaching to managing conflict.
Are you interested in:
- Meeting new potential collaborators across campus?
- Initiating a collaborative research discussion around a specific research gap or an intractable research question?
- Team leadership coaching?
- Getting a group together to brainstorm new departmental projects ideas?
The Team Science Program can help you! This Program facilitates and supports intra- and extramural multi-investigator collaboration and team science efforts. We currently have open event slots starting in September, 2017. Contact Page Sorensen to get started planning your event.
Consortium on Infant Crying: The idea for this event is 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 are organizing this event in collaboration with Dr. Amy Gelfand and have identified distinguished speakers from diverse backgrounds, including neurology, neonatology, nursing, pediatrics, and child abuse prevention.
If you’re interested in these questions, please join us on Tuesday, August 15th from 3:30-5:30pm on the Mission Bay Campus. Find more details and register here.
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.
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
“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