Case Western Reserve University’s Clinical and Translational Science
Collaborative (CTSC) has selected six teams to participate in the first round
of Team Development Retreats. The Community and Collaboration Component of the
CTSC selected the multi-disciplinary research teams to turn collective ideas
into translational research projects, with a special focus on the integration
of community, clinical and industry stakeholders as part of the endeavor. Teams
range from six to 18 investigators from all eight schools and colleges at the
The overall goal of the projects will be to turn observations in the
laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of
individuals and populations, ranging from diagnostics and therapeutics to
medical procedures and behavioral interventions.
The six teams will be provided a package of support to help develop
their translational ideas, including a four-hour retreat, professional group
facilitator, graphic recorder and administrative support to pursue their projects.
In return, the teams are responsible for developing a team action plan that
outlines three specific translational project ideas.
The selected teams had to include investigators from multiple
disciplines and at least one translational stakeholder—one who has a stake in
the outcome and whose input could greatly enhance the research endeavor.
Human Fusions Initiative
Goal: To transform the relationship between humans and technology by
using neural engineering technology that allows, for example, the brain of an
individual wearing a prosthetic limb to recognize the prosthesis as a part of
the human body.
Reinventing Health Surveillance to Leverage Developing Technology for Health Improvement
Goal: To reexamine the approach to health surveillance through the
lens of rapidly developing, disruptive technologies that combine big data,
artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, spatial and digital epidemiology,
and social media analytics.
Team Science for Interprofessional Education
Goal: To study the role and impact of interprofessional student teams
on patient outcomes and how to translate these findings into more refined
Building a Translational Research Agenda to Promote Environmental Health in NE Ohio
Goal: To develop a collaborative, community-engaged translational
research agenda for the Swetland Center to advance health equity at the
crossroads of the environment and health.
Achieving Health Equity through Cross-Sector Collaboration Focused on Systems Change
Goal: To better understand and measure the impact of HIP-Cuyahoga on
health inequities in Cuyahoga County through system change operationalized
within the partnership.
Addressing Tobacco Use Disparities in Cleveland
Goal: To develop a comprehensive, citywide plan to develop, implement
and evaluate effective interventions to reduce the extremely high rate of
tobacco use among Cleveland residents, within the context of better
understanding the underlying drivers of addiction to nicotine and tobacco in