Over the past two decades interest and investments in large-scale, multidisciplinary team projects have grown dramatically. This is evident by the steep growth in the number of cross-disciplinary publications, journals, RFPs released by public agencies and private foundations, and research collaborations.
When communication is open and effective, team members feel important and confident that their opinions count. An efficient communication approach brings together people from different backgrounds with varying ideologies. This creates understanding among teammates for the greater good. The diversity is easily converted into an advantage based on mutual understanding that facilitates progress. Eventually, the entire team is able to benefit from synergy.
The twin goals of UB's Team Science Core are, first, to help assemble multidisciplinary clinical research teams with the right kind of chemistry for success and, second, to quantify, measure and better understand the principles of effective teamwork that make the first goal possible.
Eduardo Salas, PhD
Department of Psychological Sciences
The CTSI's Team Science Core defines teamwork to be the set of behaviors executed by two or more individuals as a function of coordinating requirements imposed by independent tasks in achieving common goals (such as a grant submission, a manuscript, grant review committee, or implementation of a new clinical device). Therefore, team coordination is the essence of teamwork: it is the process, the moment-to-moment behaviors, by which independent team members achieve important goals and share valuable resources (i.e., ideas, cell culture, patient access, or time).
The relative importance of each dimension depends on particular values, activities or tasks of the teams (e.g., basic research, education, community outreach, or implementation).
Team Science Core reach and activities are woven throughout all of the UB CTSI cores, especially:
These partnerships foster an environment that promotes and accelerates scientific innovation by creating productive transdisciplinary alliances, equipping investigators at all levels of training with skills and resources to effectively communicate with partners within and outside of their own area of expertise (including academic, industry and community partners).
Team Leadership and Culture
Team-based Learning and Skills
Team Outcomes Assessment
UB's CTSI has initiated a wide range of pioneering initiatives, programs and interventions that reach across the entire Buffalo Translational Consortium and national CTSA consortium.
Update of current promotion guidelines for medical school faculty
Emphasis on team science competencies in medical school curriculum
Translational Teamwork Workshop Series for 2017-2019
Innovation Lab Buffalo, Sponsored by UB CTSI supplement award
Expansion of multidisciplinary research training/faculty dev programs
Supporting new multidisciplinary teams
Translational Teamwork Workshop Series
These days, teamwork is widely recognized as the essential component of innovation, efficiency and high quality. In public health and biomedical research, partners include:
Presented in partnership with the CTSI's Workforce Development Core, the Translational Teamwork Workshop Series provides participants with basic knowledge of teamwork principles applicable in any and all of these contexts.
CTSI Team Science Core Director Ekaterina I. Noyes, PhD, MPH, notes that there are a number of UB Human Resources workshops offered via UB Edge that can help enhance a successful team science approach. Click the links below for times, dates, formats, and registration details.
Become a Better Communicator (Part 1)
Improve your communication skills using the DISC assessment to provide insight into your preferred communication style and learn how to determine the ideal approach to use with each of your colleagues.
Leverage Your DiSC® Communication Style (Part 2)
Learn how to leverage your preferred approach to communication and effectively interact with others in a more positive and productive way.
Transitioning Through Change
Familiarize yourself with your natural responses to change by taking the Change Management Effectiveness Profile. Develop strategies to improve your ability to effectively navigate changes in your work environment and ultimately become a change agent.
Designed for supervisors who want to improve their capacity to lead their staff through change.
Learn what it is to be a strategic leader and how strategic leaders create empowered teams through communicating vision and assessing workplace culture.
Supervising Student Employees
Learn how to set up your student employees for success by providing clear expectations, planning and directing the students' work and developing their skills.
Supervisors' Learning Forum
Join UB supervisors in a virtual session where you will hear relevant insights on a topic from noted experts and be able to share experiences and draw upon each other for advice and mentoring.
The Power of Trust: What It Means For Supervisors
Designed for supervisors who want to improve relationships within their departments and work outcomes by focusing on the key management skill of building trust.
Discover Your Strengths (Part 1)
Uncover your natural talents using the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment and personal reflection exercises.
Use Your Strengths to Standout (Part 2)
This follow-up to the Discover Your Strengths workshop builds on the work of the Gallup Organization and the theory of focusing on your strengths. It teaches you to capitalize on your top two strength roles to reveal your edge at work.
Build a Strong Team
Designed for your team to attend together, discover the unique team role each person contributes and how to maximize the team’s combination of strengths to ensure productivity and cohesiveness.
Build Positive Relationships and Create an Inclusive and Respectful Workplace
Learn to create an inclusive and respectful workplace by utilizing strategies to build positive relationships and foster a collaborative work environment.
Develop Successful Partnerships with Those Who Lead You
Improve your ability to interact effectively at multiple levels in the organization and improve the quality of your relationships at work.
Emotional Intelligence: The New Science of Success
Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Learn to use emotional intelligence in the workplace to increase your ability to make effective decisions, build relationships, deal with stress and cope with change.
Emphasizing Empathy: An Important Emotional Intelligence Skill
Empathy is an important element of Emotional Intelligence (EI). It can be described simply as “to put yourself in another person’s shoes.” By doing so, you become more aware of the feelings and emotions of other people.
HR Virtual Workshops and Programs
Join us for virtual sessions focused on wellness, working remotely and other professional development topics.
The ongoing INTEREACH Webinar Series brings together practitioners and researchers of interdisciplinary integration to share best practices and ideas for establishing boundary-spanning career paths.
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources. UB's institutional membership offers an array of resources to all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.