The Right People in The Room: The Creative Process of Wake Forests CTSI’s Research Studios

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Wake Forest CTSI's Research Studio

What's a Research Studio?

CTSI’s Team Science Program created the Research Studio to meet the sometimes difficult-to-define needs around crafting grant proposals, finding collaborators, and fleshing out study teams. How will the study be designed? Is the hypothesis clear and succinct, yet robust enough to make a meaningful impact? How will the trial be implemented, measured, and finally translated?

Team Science Associate Program Leader Michael Nader, PhD says, “With the increased emphasis on translational research, a Research Studio can help an investigator solve a particular problem or answer a question."

Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD was familiar with the idea of a Research Studio: “I think I was open to it in part because my husband is an architect. I had an idea of what a studio is because in architecture school they had studios and the studio discussion would be you put your project up, and the jury and everybody there, like they chime in and they all tell you their thoughts on your project.”

This studio concept is familiar to many industries—and is exactly what Nader, wanted from the program: Often when we schedule a Research Studio, it involves gathering clinical and basic science research experts some of whom have never talked to one another before. Bringing together interdisciplinary experts to request their unique perspectives and insight can be valuable for an investigator when securing funding for a research project.” As Hugenschmidt summarizes, “to me it's a design thinking process. I think sometimes people don't realize the value of it because they don't really know what it is.”  

“to me it's a design thinking process. I think sometimes people don't realize the value of it because they don't really know what it is.”  ~ Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD

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CTSA Program In Action Goals
Goal 1: Train and Cultivate the Translational Science Workforce
Goal 4: Innovate Processes to Increase the Quality and Efficiency of Translational Research, Particularly of Multisite Trials