Facilitate Scientific Collaborations
Therapy development, including translational research, is a team sport. Determining areas where your patient group can support and drive research efforts will help you become an effective part of the team. Organizing virtual and in-person meetings between academic researchers and your disease community can foster collaboration, maintain productive communication, and fuel interest in research. Meetings can promote an understanding of which therapy/treatments are currently within reach and which may be longer term goals. Special programs and meetings with the specific Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may increase collaboration.