The U24 CAIRIBU Interactions Core, led by Dr. Kristina Penniston, aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among CAIRIBU-affiliated investigators and within the broader benign GU workforce. A primary objective is to promote increases in scientific knowledge that advance the field through highly meritorious and collaborative basic science, clinical/translational science, and population science research. Other key objectives are to strengthen the diversity and interdisciplinarity of the benign genitourinary (GU) research workforce and to assist CAIRIBU leaders in developing the next generation of successful benign urology investigators. In order to accomplish these goals, the CAIRIBU Interactions Core facilitates communication and resource-sharing between NIDDK-funded Centers and Programs through regularly scheduled leadership and working group meetings, monthly newsletter communication, the CAIRIBU website, and the annual CAIRIBU meeting. In FY1 of its funding cycle, the CAIRIBU Interactions Core has additionally developed and coordinated intellectual opportunities that foster inter-center and interdisciplinary collaboration; these include:
- The CAIRIBU ARCTICS Community (ARCTICS = Advancing the Research Capacity of Trainees and Investigators at early-Career Stages) – a virtual trainee community that convenes monthly to provide resources and skills to the next generation of benign GU investigators
- CAIRIBU Catalyst Conversations – a virtual series that engages investigators from a broad cross-section of urologic research to bring new techniques and tools to benign GU research
- CAIRIBU Connections – virtual meet-and-greets that provide opportunities for investigators within and outside of CAIRIBU to meet and form new collaborations around similar research
- CAIRIBU K12 Seminars – sponsored by the UW-Madison U54 George M. O’Brien Urology Center, these virtual monthly seminars feature invited presentations by CAIRIBU-affiliated K12 Scholars
The Interactions Core continues to identify and develop opportunities to stimulate and promote cross-center research collaborations. Throughout the funding period we will implement ongoing and routine evidence-based evaluation methodologies to track and inform the work of the Interactions Core and will disseminate our findings broadly throughout the benign urological research community.
CAIRIBU Interactions Core Organizational Chart