What Is Needed to Make Collaboration Work?
Collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians are critical to answering complex healthcare problems. Successful collaborations offer the opportunity to advance scientific knowledge by performing high-quality, high-impact, translational research. However, collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians is not an easy task and requires commitment and resources. When beginning a collaboration, it is important to find the “right” collaborator who you envision having a long-lasting relationship with. In addition, it is important for both parties to understand the clinician’s commitment to research. Successful collaborations have a shared vision of the research interests and goals. Through effective leadership, trust, communication, and institutional support, collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians can thrive.
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