Abstract:Background: The National Cancer Institute's Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer initiative is in its second round of funding. Despite increasing agreement that trans-disciplinary team-based research is valuable in addressing complex problems like energy balance and cancer, methods for constructing and maintaining transdisciplinary teams is lacking. Purpose: We articulate a method for assessing trans-disciplinary teams that relies on social network analysis and using this knowledge to improve their functioning. Methods: Using data from the Washington University TREC site in 2011 and 2013, we demonstrate the use of social network analysis to assess and provide feedback on team functioning. Results: We portray broker functioning in both years. By 2013, the director and co-director had begun to share broker functions with other members. Some brokers fostered communication with less central network members. Conclusions: The information obtained can help to train a new generation of investigators to optimally participate on transdisciplinary research teams.
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