Strategic partnerships can bring together complementary strengths and deepen the impact of cross-disciplinary research. ITREN is committed to forming such partnerships, for example with other research organisations, with commerce and industry, and with healthcare providers. ITREN will further develop existing partnerships – such as those below – and create new ones as appropriate, particularly those that have a bearing on social, environmental, legal and health issues globally.
Research collaborations occur more frequently today than they did in the past due to a growing likelihood of research funding for interdisciplinary projects and advances in communication technologies. Collaborations take place in a variety of forms, including the borrowing and lending of supplies, resources and equipment between researchers; seeking input from an expert in a different discipline; and partnering with colleagues who have a similar background or field of knowledge for fresh ideas and abilities.
It is essential for collaborating researchers to establish a clear management plan at the beginning of the endeavor in order to avoid the potential difficulties which they might otherwise encounter. This plan should include the goals and direction of the study, responsibilities of each contributor, research credit and ownership details, and publication technique. Team members must be open with one another, keeping colleagues informed of developments, changes and problems.
Here are some of our partners in the field:
> University College London, UK - J. Knowles, I. Wall
> Columbia University, USA - K. Leong
> Bioengineering Institute of Catalonia, Spain - J. Samitier, MP. Ginebra
> Sydney University, School of Pharmacy, Australia - W. Chrzanoski, A. Weiss
> Tokushima School of Dentistry, Japan - K. Asaoka
> University of Pennsylvania, USA - S. Shi