The Multidisciplinary Translational Team (MTT) is a unique hybrid structure that includes goals of both an academic research team in knowledge generation and training with those of a product-driven business team to develop a device or intervention for clinical translation. MTT design characteristics include a strategic core of multidisciplinary investigators dynamically engaged in training, capacity development, and product generation. The interdependence and heterogeneous membership promotes innovation and effectiveness. Because of contextual influences within the academic health center, MTTs undergo reiterative rounds of adaptive evolution where team development and evolution are time-dependent and subject to disruptive quantum changes driven by new challenges in the field.
The ITS proactively forms MTTs and using a peer-reviewed evaluation matrix, we have been able to identify the characteristics of high-performing MTTs. We follow a strategy of stimulating innovations in MTTs by promoting team growth through integrative capacity and leadership development focused on compensatory transformative leadership. While MTTs address a diversity of research questions, they have some things in common:
For investigators desiring to participate in translational research by forming an MTT, please contact the Coordination Core key resource at 7-CTSA (on campus) or 409-747-2872 (off campus); or send an email to CTSA@utmb.edu for more information.
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