MCW Cardiovascular Center Affinity Groups
Affinity groups (AGs) of the CVC have been redesigned to organize collaborative networks and to promote interactions among investigators with common and disease-oriented research interests. Accordingly, all AGs will continue to serve as campus incubators in order to stimulate, exchange and nurture new ideas and develop novel research programs in basic, translational, and clinical research.
An essential requirement, however, is that the AGs become organized as launching platforms to becoming "signature" clinical and research programs. By design, signature programs (SPs) are disease-oriented research programs, which are inclusively geared to transcend the chasm and to create opportunities from across MCW and all regional affiliated programs (e.g., Blood Research Institute, Children Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Health Systems, etc.). A formal affiliation with the CVC will not preclude scientists and clinical colleagues forging new collaborations that are dedicated to achieving the new objectives outlined below for the group.
First, the size and composition of the working groups should contain investigators and clinician scientists/investigators who form critical alliances to enable the these working groups to become the nucleus for a Program Project Grant, multiple PI/PD and multidisciplinary (U01) grants.
Second, AGs meeting these criteria will be eligible for support for an 'off-site' retreat and, perhaps, institutional seed grant funding administered jointly between the CVC and Departments. Specific details for these competitive awards will be provided when funds become available.
This evolution of AGs should not discourage small groups of individuals functioning as extended lab meetings/journal clubs of labs working on interrelated problems. However, we believe these efforts for reorganization of AGs should accelerate the testing of new ideas in translational and health outcomes research while enhancing the success rate of research programs for extramural funding.
CVC Research Contact Information
Allison DeVan, PhD
Academic Program and Research Consultant
(414) 955-5617 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509