Applying local knowledge

November 17, 2016

Dr. Andy Hong with Researchers

Proximity is just one factor driving the high number of collaborations between top performing institutions in the same city, Nature reports. For example, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Dr. Andrew Hong and researchers from nearby institutions have teamed up to grow a cell line from a rare cancer sample and learn about its potential weaknesses.

“Collaborators are often just a subway or a walk apart,” the journal notes. “Of the 100 strongest partnerships between two institutions around the world, nearly half are between research organizations in the same city, some are only a few kilometers apart.”

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