Team Science

Team Science

A Team Science Approach to Better Health

The Department of Medicine is committed to translating research discoveries into clinical practice to improve health worldwide. We accomplish this goal through an interdisciplinary approach known as Team Science.

Team science brings together the expertise of professionals from different fields to address a scientific challenge.

The department has a rich history of laboratory science and pioneering research, a research-intensive medical school, and a hospital ranked among the top ten in the nation. The synergy of these resources positions the department to be a preeminent team science leader.

Successful Collaboration is Bi-Directional

We take medical discoveries and put these findings into practice in Stanford Hospitals and Clinics. Patient care generates insights that inform research. This tight feedback loop is efficient and essential to making meaningful medical advancements.

Our Team Science Goal

Stanford has the country’s highest ratio of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding per researcher. Our team science goal is no less ambitious. We aim to be a national and international leader in the discipline by obtaining at least one nationally recognized, multidisciplinary team science award in the next five years.

A Video Update from DoM chair Bob Harrington

DoM chair Bob Harrington is debuting a video series in which he shares what’s on his mind, including current department priorities, what lies ahead for the department, and department news highlights.

In this first episode, he affirms team science as a key priority for the next several years, explains why it is important, and cites the RECOVER project as one example of collaborators working together to solve big problems.

What is Team Science?

“An interdisciplinary, inclusive, collaborative effort led by Department of Medicine investigators to address large-scale, high-impact, scientific questions across the translational spectrum. Team science initiatives will improve human health by using the strengths and expertise of professionals who share a diversity of career stages, fields of research, lived experiences, and organizational affiliations.”


DOM Working Definition of Team Science v2.0

Team Science Leadership


Nancy Lonhart
ADFA- Research

Stanford Medicine is Uniquely Suited for a Team Science Model

The Department of Medicine is optimally positioned to deploy team science through our people, our infrastructure, and our networks of collaborators and partnerships. These include:

  • Outstanding academic, research, and clinical faculty
  • Established laboratories and core science infrastructure
  • Significant clinical research infrastructure
  • An extensive network of community-based physician practices
  • Diverse patient populations across ethnicity, age, and gender identity
  • Digital platforms and strong, ongoing partnerships with Silicon Valley

Team Science Project Showcases

Read more about our team science projects and activities as seen below.


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