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From community engagement, to community-engaged research, to broadly engaged team science

  • Harry P. Selker (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4) and Consuelo H. Wilkins (a5) (a6)

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A foundational principle and practice for translational research is active participation of a range of disciplines, referred to as “team science.” It is increasingly apparent that to be relevant and impactful, these teams must also include stakeholders outside the usual academic research community, such as patients, communities, and not-for- and for-profit organizations. To emphasize the need to link the practices of team science and of community-engaged research, we propose a framework that has community members and stakeholders as integral members of the research team, which we term, “broadly engaged team science.” Such transdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams will be best suited to pose translational research questions, conduct the research, and interpret and disseminate the results. We think this will generate important and impactful science, and will support the public’s regard for, and participation in, research.

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*Address for correspondence: H. Selker, Dean, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Tufts University; Executive Director, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St, #63, Boston, MA 02111. (Email: hselker@tuftsmedicalcenter.org)

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From community engagement, to community-engaged research, to broadly engaged team science

  • Harry P. Selker (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4) and Consuelo H. Wilkins (a5) (a6)

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