Applying local knowledge
November 17, 2016
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.”