Collaborations in Science

2018 Career Symposium
"Hallmarks of and Ground Rules for Productive Collaborations in Science"
(Sponsored by APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee)


Date: Sunday, April 22 | Monday, April 23 | Tuesday, April 24

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM, each day

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 25B



Josef Brandauer, PhD, Gettysburg College
Bryan Becker, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

As scientific inquiry becomes more complex and multidisciplinary, collaborations become an essential component of many successful research groups. Collaborations with clearly defined responsibilities can be particularly beneficial endeavors that enhance productivity and career progression. However, numerous challenges and potential conflicts must be navigated in any collaborative effort. A diverse panel of investigators with abundant experience will discuss features of successful collaborations and provide insight into avoiding and resolving conflict through presentations and panel discussion. The specific goals of this symposium are to 1) identify available collaboration opportunities, 2) discuss hallmarks of successful and productive collaborations, 3) identify characteristics of successful industry-academic collaborations from both perspectives, and 4) provide strategies for preventing and resolving conflicts within collaborations.

Panelists will discuss specific questions including: How do I establish and maintain a successful collaboration? What does communication and data sharing look like in a productive collaboration? What does a “typical” collaboration look like and entail? How are intellectual property rights and authorship managed across collaborations?




  • Sunday, April 22
    • Defining and Establishing Collaborations
      Stephanie Watts, PhD, Michigan State University
      Carrie Northcott, PhD, Pfizer
  • Monday, April 23
    • Maintaining Momentum in Collaborations
      David Pollock, PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham
      Christine Schnackenberg, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical
  • Tuesday, April 24
    • Preventing and Managing Conflict
      Irving Zucker, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
      Alencia Washington, PhD, Halyard Health


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