Teamwork at the Bench: Strategies for Collaborative Surgical Science in a Pandemic

J Surg Res. 2021 May;261:39-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2020.12.002. Epub 2021 Jan 4.


The Center for Basic and Translational Science was formed to address the unique challenges faced by surgeon-scientists. Shortly after its inception, COVID-19 upended research workflows at our institution. We discuss how the collaborative Center for Basic and Translational Science framework was adapted to support laboratories during the pandemic by assisting with ramp-down, promoting mentorship and community building, and maintaining research productivity.

Keywords: Basic science; COVID-19; Research; Teamwork.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • Efficiency
  • Humans
  • Intersectoral Collaboration*
  • Mentors
  • Michigan / epidemiology
  • Pandemics
  • Research Personnel / organization & administration*
  • Surgeons / organization & administration*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration*