Team Science Core

The Duke CTSI Team Science core seeks to:

  • promote team science principles across Duke
  • conduct research studies advancing team science
  • ensure team science contributions are recognized at Duke

Team Science will work with:

  • Researchers across the University and Health System who want to engage in transdisciplinary, team-based research
  • Schools, institutes, and initiatives to identify ongoing and future collaborative research and provide training and professional development opportunities to support their teams
  • Duke leadership to identify current practices and potential improvements in the recognition of collaborative science in the tenure process

The Team Science Core was established in 2018 with the third renewal of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (NIH Grant Number UL1TR002553). In these early stages, we seek to establish a shared understanding of team science and create a community of researchers, community members, stakeholders and policy makers who are likely already engaging in team science activities.

What is Team Science?

The National Cancer Institute defines team science as:

“… a collaborative effort to address a scientific challenge that leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields.”

Why engage in team science?

  • Teams of investigators from diverse disciplinary backgrounds with different skills may be better suited to tackle scientifically complex problems with multiple causes, such as climate change, the future of global water and food security, social determinants of health and others.

Who can be involved in a team science project?

  • Teams addressing such complex problems requiring multiple disciplinary inputs often seek to involve stakeholders such as academic scientists, clinicians, community members, industry partners, and policy makers.

Why is Duke CTSI interested in bsupporting team science?

  • The average time to take a discovery at the laboratory bench to a clinically approved therapeutic (Translation) is over 15 years, and this process requires coordination of effort between scientists, clinicians, medical centers, research participants, regulatory agencies and many others along the way. The Duke CTSI and its sister hubs around the country are working to develop tools and methods for novel partnership development to facilitate more efficient translation.

How can I get involved?

  • The Team Science Core would like to hear from you!
    • Are you currently engaged in team-based research either here at Duke or at another institution?
    • Are you interested in learning more about the Science of Team Science?
    • Do you have a resource that could be used by other Duke Researchers in their team-based research?
  • Then please reach out to for more information about upcoming events, resources and community updates!


Meet the team

Christine Hendren, Faculty Co-Lead

Jonathon Cummings, PhD, Faculty Co-Lead

Kristine Glauber, PhD
Duke Office of Research Initiatives, CTSI Team Science

Bryan Stephens, Postdoctoral research associate
CTSI Team Science
Fuqua School of Business


Meet our collaborators and partners

We work with other cores determined by Duke's CTSA including:

  • Administration
  • Community Engagement
  • Data Sciences
  • Informatics
  • Pilot Programs
  • Workforce Development

Office of Campus Research Development

SOM Office of Research Development

North Carolina Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Duke Institute of Brain Sciences

Duke Energy Initiative

Pratt School of Engineering