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The RA-MAP Consortium: A working model for academia-industry collaboration

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Andrew P. Cope, Michael R. Barnes, Alexandra Belson, Michael Binks, Sarah Brockbank, Francisco Bonachela-Capdevila, Claudio Carini, Benjamin A. Fisher, Carl S. Goodyear, Paul Emery, Michael R. Ehrenstein, Neil Gozzard, Ray Harris, Sally Hollis, Sarah Keidel, Marc Levesque, Catharina Lindholm, Michael F. McDermott, Iain B. McInnes, Christopher M. Mela & 121 more Gerry Parker, Simon Read, Ayako Wakatsuki Pedersen, Frederique Ponchel, Duncan Porter, Ravi Rao, Anthony Rowe, Peter Schulze-Knappe, Matthew A. Sleeman, Deborah Symmons, Peter C. Taylor, Brian Tom, Wayne Tsuji, Denny Verbeeck, John D. Isaacs, Amy Anderson, Philip Stocks, Dennis Lendrem, Jessica Tarn, Graham Smith, John Casement, Julie Diboll, Rachel Harry, Gemma Simpson, Ruth Toward, Hayley Noble, Angela Parke, Wing Wu, Fiona Clarke, David Scott, Ian C. Scott, James Galloway, Heidi Lempp, Fowzia Ibrahim, Samana Schwank, Gemma Molyneux, Tomi Lazarov, Frederic Geissmann, Iona Donnelly, Ashley Gilmour, Aysin TulunayVirlan, Jehan El-Jawhari, Rekha Parmer, Maya Buch, Chris Buckley, Steve Young, Philip Jones, Karim Raza, Andrew Filer, Costantino Pitzalis, Georgina Thorborn, Liliane Fossati-Jimack, Stephen Kelly, Frances Humby, Tanya Novak, Sharmila Rana, Katriona Goldmann, Myles Lewis, David Watson, Zhilong Jia, Gioia Altobelli, Chris John, Sandra Martins, Dao Nguyen, Humayara Ali, Jane Worthington, Ian Bruce, James Sergeant, Suzanne Verstappen, Neil D'Costa, Fiona Stirling, Adwoa Hughes-Morley, Vernon Farewell, Yujie Zhong, Carolyn Cuff, Andy Long, Zheng Liu, Samantha Lipsky, Bohdan Harvey, Michael MacOritto, Feng Hong, Sukru Kaymakcalan, Tony Sabin, Neil Ward, Susan Talbot, Desmond Padhi, Donna Finch, Athula Herath, Martin Jenkins, Meilien Ho, Chris Marshall, Matt Page, Hannah Edwards, Alexandru Cuza, Matthew Loza, Mark Curran, Dan Baker, Ivana Vranic, Catherine T. Mela, Stephen Wright, Lucy Rowell, Emma Vernon, Nina Joseph, Neil Payne, Valerie Ludbrook, Kirsty Hicks, Hannah Tipney, Joanne Ellis, Samiul Hasan, Arnaud Didierlaurent, Wivine Burny, Andrea Haynes, Chris Larminie, Daniela Dastros-Pitel, Blerina Kola, Scott Jelinksy, Martin Hodge, Mateusz MacIejewski, Daniel Ziemek, Hans Dieter Zucht, Petra Budde

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalNature Reviews Rheumatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Collaboration can be challenging; nevertheless, the emerging successes of large, multi-partner, multi-national cooperatives and research networks in the biomedical sector have sustained the appetite of academics and industry partners for developing and fostering new research consortia. This model has percolated down to national funding agencies across the globe, leading to funding for projects that aim to realise the true potential of genomic medicine in the 21st century and to reap the rewards of 'big data'. In this Perspectives article, the experiences of the RA-MAP consortium, a group of more than 140 individuals affiliated with 21 academic and industry organizations that are focused on making genomic medicine in rheumatoid arthritis a reality are described. The challenges of multi-partner collaboration in the UK are highlighted and wide-ranging solutions are offered that might benefit large research consortia around the world.

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