Ensemble Program Overview


To leverage clinical and translational research to improve patient/community health and health care. This follows directly from the overarching CTSI mission to make the best medicine better, and to get more treatments to more patients, more quickly.


The Ensemble Program’s mission is to integrate clinical and translational research faculty, the community of stakeholders, and health system representatives into highly innovative and efficient teams to address the unmet clinical needs of our patients and our communities. As shown in the figure (“Functional Relationship”), such unmet needs may emanate from the clinic, community, and basic science laboratory. This design allows for identification of real/existent unsolved clinical problems and provides the opportunity to use multidisciplinary team science to develop solutions.

Functional Relationship of Ensemble, Unmet Patient Medical Need with the Clinic, Community of Stakeholders, and Basic Science Research Laboratory


Ensemble Teams

Ensemble membership is not limited to only MCW faculty and staff, and participation from our partner institutions and other academic institutions is highly encouraged. While most active team members are associated with MCW, there are members from all 8 partner institutions and other academic and community organizations. Of note, because team members can be affiliated with more than one institution, the total number for institutional representation (n=306) is greater than the number of Unique Active Investigators (n=209).

Cumulative Institutional and Departmental Representation on Individual Teams

Through inter-institutional networking, the Ensemble Program, since inception, has cumulatively included representation from 38 institutions and 95 unique departments, among all those institutions. Team composition ranges from one to eight institutions per team with an average of two institutions represented on each team. Additionally, an average of 5 different departments are represented per team, ranging from one to 13 departments per team.