Webinar | Building Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations in Aging Research

Sep 24

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Building Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations
in Aging Research



Monday, September 24, 2018

2 - 3 pm EST
(11am - 12pm PST)


The problems facing our older population are complex and it is unlikely that solutions will be found applying a single field’s methods and approaches.  With this in mind, the goal of the NIA’s Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) is to bring together scientists from the 6 NIA Centers programs to foster cross-center collaborations around issues important to the health and well-being of older adults. 

Traditional research training does not emphasize interdisciplinary approaches, and the process of developing relationships with scientists from other fields can be daunting.  The RCCN is sponsoring a series of Webinars addressing the whys and hows of interdisciplinary collaboration to demystify the process and help early career scientists better understand how to build interdisciplinary research to reduce the likelihood of frustration and increase the returns on investments of time and effort.

The goal of the first webinar in the series is to discuss strategies for engaging scientists outside of your own discipline and help participants understand potential barriers to effective multi-disciplinary collaboration from the perspective of a 30+ year career in multidisciplinary and translational research.

The one-hour webinar will address the following topics related to the excitement, benefits, and challenges of doing interdisciplinary research in aging:

o How should you prepare yourself for talking with a person from another field. What aspects of other disciplinary cultures should you try to understand, what aspects of your disciplinary culture should you take care to communicate?
o What does a good multidisciplinary collaboration look like?  What are signs that a potential collaborations will end poorly?  What sources of conflict can be anticipated?
o Not all multidisciplinary collaborations are academic.  How does collaboration work at the academic – industry interface?
o How does one judge whether pursuing interdisciplinary research is likely to be beneficial and harmful for an early career faculty member’s career path?


The webinar will feature a
presentation by

Steven R. Cummings, MD
Director, San Francisco Coordinating Center; Research Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute; Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Emeritus

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Cummings is an internationally recognized expert on the epidemiology of osteoporosis, women's health, and aging. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and execution of multicenter translational studies and clinical trials.


Moderated by

Jay Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg
Director, Center for Research on Aging, University of Maryland; Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,University of Maryland School of Medicine; Baltimore, MD

Dr. Magaziner is an internationally recognized expert in the epidemiology of aging, with specialization in recovery from hip fracture and other acute, disabling conditions. He has been conducting interdisciplinary research in aging for more than 35 years.


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RSVP by Friday September 21st

The webinar is organized by Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the American Federation for Aging Research, which co-manage the Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN). The RCCN is funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U24AG058556. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Health.