Team Science and Ensembles

Team Science-Guided Integrated Clinical and Research Ensembles

Despite recent advances in our nation’s biomedical research capability, its optimal potential to impact patient care and ultimately the health of our communities has not yet been fully realized. This shortcoming can be explained in part by the effect of impediments resulting from the current siloed organization of research enterprises, health systems, and the communities we serve. The Team Science-Guided Integrated Clinical and Research Ensembles Function (Ensemble Program) provides a translational science approach that helps breaks down these siloes and facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration.
Each team in this research program is called an “Ensemble,” because the team structure is likened to a musical Ensemble, in which different instruments (e.g., scientific disciplines), come together to make music (e.g., multidisciplinary collaborative research), that could not otherwise be accomplished by their individual performance. In 2015, the Ensemble concept was introduced as part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program 3.0 grant to the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Ensemble Program

The Ensemble Program currently consists of 310 actively participating team members. Some investigators may be involved on more than one Ensemble team.

Active Ensembles
Unique active investigators
All active investigators

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Ensemble Program Overview

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Importance of Multidisciplinary Team Science

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Ensemble and Program Achievements

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Active Funded Ensembles

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Funding Opportunities

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Contact Ensemble Program Faculty and Staff

Reza Shaker, MD

Doriel Ward, PhD, MPH

Amit Gode, MBBS, MPH

Michael Widlansky, MD, MPH


Project Management

Michael Anello, BA
Program Director I

David Zimmerman, MPA, MBA
Sr. Project Manager

Renee McCoy
Program Director I (Pilot Ensembles)

Rebecca Vogel
Project Manager

Louann Sullivan
Project Coordinator (Pilot Ensembles)

Braxton Keil, MBA
Project Coordinator