The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is the home for the University of Pittsburgh's premier clinical and translational research training programs, as well as the home for the Research, Education, Training, and Career Development Core of the CTSI.
As part of the ICRE’s commitment to workforce development, it works to enhance and expand its diverse, team-oriented, translational science workforce by providing trainees with the specialized skills, knowledge, and Core competencies required to advance translation of their discoveries through innovative education methods, experiential training, and continuous learning opportunities.
ICRE trains a diverse translational workforce using innovative and engaging educational designs and processes to emphasize team science, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
The National Cancer Institute defines team science as “a collaborative effort to address a scientific challenge that leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. Although traditional single-investigator driven approaches are ideal for many scientific endeavors, coordinated teams of investigators with diverse skills and knowledge may be especially helpful for studies of complex social problems with multiple causes.”
At the ICRE, team science is a basic tenet of all training programs and is a requirement for all CTSI pilot project opportunities. Team science competencies are incorporated into all workforce development programs and courses to develop comprehensive multi-tier team science training for the entire translational research workforce.