Cultivating Team Science in Clinical and Translational Research

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) panel will describe how the Institute promotes team science by incorporating services and resources designed for teams into its clinical and translational research infrastructure. In doing so, it will also convey general lessons for the SciTS community.

Dr. Felix Kabo

University of Michigan


Felix Kabo, M.Arch, Ph.D., is research faculty at the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan (U-M). His research expertise is in the ways in which our social and spatial worlds intersect and interact to influence outcomes such as collaboration, team science, innovation and entrepreneurship, and aging and racial disparities. Felix’s work has appeared in Environment & Behavior, Research Policy, Environment and Planning B, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, and Innovation in Aging. In addition to his role with the Network Science module of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Translational Research. Dr. Kabo is simultaneously the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple research projects. Funding for these projects is from several federal science agencies including the National Institute on Aging, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the TriService Nursing Research Program, as well as leading foundations like the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Dr. Beth LaPensee

University of Michigan

Beth LaPensee, PhD, is the Administrative Program Director for Research Initiatives at the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, which is the University of Michigan’s NIH-funded CTSA site. In her role, Beth provides leadership to four programs, including Research Development, Pilot Grants, Biostatistics and Project Management. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations, Beth contributes to the overall strategy, vision and direction of these programs, particularly as they relate to helping faculty achieve research and funding success. Most recently, Beth led the development and implementation of novel support and funding mechanisms that aim to help researchers synergize siloed efforts in order to tackle complex scientific questions. Beth obtained her BS in Biology from the College of William & Mary and her PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Cincinnati where her thesis focused on understanding how hormones antagonize chemotherapy in breast cancer.

Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR

University of Michigan

Dr. Susan Murphy has been the recipient of various grants through NIH, the department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the American College of Rheumatology’s Research and Education Foundation. She co-directs MICHR’s Practice-Oriented Research Training (PORT) Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Murphy is an associate editor of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and on the editorial boards of the Arthritis Care and Research Journal and the Journal of Applied Gerontology. She is the conference president of the 2011 Society for Ambulat


SciTS Presentation: Cultivating Team Science in Clinical & Translational Research