Researchers have traditionally been rewarded for innovation and being the first to publish unique results. Unfortunately, in a new era promoting collaboration, such a culture presents barriers to sharing information in a timely and useful manner and, in turn, to bringing therapies to patients sooner. Certain organizations such as One Mind are trying to change this culture.
The theme of the 2015 One Mind Summit was “Open Science and Collaboration in Action.” Examples of One Mind collaborations were presented by key opinion leaders, while barriers to further collaboration were identified in a fluid exchange of great ideas mixed with cautious optimism about what changes can actually be achieved.
Impediments to successful collaboration in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) discovery in the U.S. were shown on a slide by one of the world’s leading experts in this field during the panel discussion “TBI: A Field Moving from Competition to Collaboration.” These impediments, which are not limited to TBI, include:
- A societal culture that values individual discovery;
- An NIH funding culture that favors individual research and discovery;
- An NIH funding culture that emphasizes innovation and impact, which are not necessarily major components of collaborative research.