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 21, 2018
          Monday, April 22, 2018
          Tuesday, April 23, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 25B



Josef Brandauer, Ph.D., Gettysburg College
Bryan Becker, Ph.D., 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?




  • Defining and Establishing Collaborations
    Stephanie Watts, Ph.D., Michigan State University
    Carrie Northcott, Ph.D., Pfizer
  • Maintaining Momentum in Collaborations
    David Pollock, Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham
    Christine Schnackenberg, Ph.D., GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical
  • Preventing and Managing Conflict
    Irving Zucker, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Carol Moreno Quinn, Ph.D., Medimmune


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