The first funded grant was the NIH/NIDDK funded T-32 postdoctoral fellowship award. The T32 fellowship has provided a vehicle for multiple postdoctoral trainees to work at the intersection of disciplines within a NUTORC team and effectively serve as a bridge. Once resources were attained and collaborators were identified, four transdisciplinary teams were created, each co-chaired by a transplant clinician and a methodological expert: (1) quality of life, (2) patient safety, (3) informed consent, and (4) risk and econometrics. Hence, the premise of NUTORC is that high impact innovation occurs at the intersection of seemingly disparate disciplines.
Since the creation of NUTORC in November 2008 to the present, NUTORC has expanded from four to eight teams: quality of life, patient safety, informed consent & disparity, health literacy & medication adherence, access & allocation, risk predictor & econometrics, and aging. Each workgroup is joined by clinicians (nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and physicians), pre- and post-doctoral students, as well as health services and outcomes researchers. The transplant clinicians educate the team about the pertinent gaps in knowledge, and the research faculty educate about their cutting-edge methodology and the respective strengths and limitations. Together, experimental designs are formulated and advanced methodologies are applied.
NUTORC Development Timeline provides an overview of major milestones and accomplishments from 2008 to present, noting that the creation of the first transdisciplinary teams was drawn together through the U01 grant submission; federal funding and the creation of individual transdisciplinary teams are highlighted.
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