JeffSolves is an initiative of the Jefferson Committee on Research (JCOR,) supported by the Office of the Provost, that aims to bring together faculty members from across the Jefferson community in crowdsourcing events aimed to generate innovative approaches for diseases that lack effective treatments and could benefit from new therapies developed at Jefferson. Each program will include clinical insight from a Jefferson physician, an interview of a patient whenever possible, and a short overview of the science by a Jefferson researcher. The presenters will also address the problems that have prevented the development of effective therapeutic interventions, and the questions that remain unanswered. A moderated event will follow during which attendees will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and participate as a group in “crowd-thinking” with the goal of being able to generate together new, innovative, testable ideas that have potential to “solve” the unanswered issues.
Attendees will be invited, as teams of two or more faculty members whose ideas have led to synergies at the program, to submit a short (one paragraph – one page) proposal of their ideas and how they would test them – one will be awarded $10,000 to begin to test their hypothesis. All are encouraged to submit an application for funding through the JCOR sponsored Deans’ Transformational Science Award (DTSA) program.
JeffSolves will be held from 4:00 -5:30 p.m. in the afternoon, with refreshments served throughout. A schedule with past and upcoming JeffSolves Programs and their locations can be found on the JCOR website.