ATLAS: Advanced Translational Leadership in Academic Science


The ATLAS program is a year-long training program for both mid-career and senior investigators doing clinical or translational research. 

The goals of ATLAS are to

  • Increase collaboration among the partnering institutions
  • Equip investigators with skills to lead team science.

This program also aims to: 

  • Provide an environment for new inter-institutional collaborations to be established 
  • Establish a group of researchers that can act as a resource to one another 
  • Provide knowledge of team science and reiterate the importance of doing multidisciplinary science in clinical and translational research. 

The ATLAS program is modeled after the Leadership Innovation in Team Science (LITeS) program that originated at the University of Colorado and has since been running at the University of Minnesota.

To Apply

Investigators will be nominated by their CTSC institutional research lead. We ask that research leads email with the names and emails of their nominations during our application period (deadlines for our 2025 cohort applications will be announced later in the year). Individuals chosen for the program will then receive an email with a REDCap application. We will also allow self nominations. To do so, please contact the ATLAS Program:

2024 ATLAS nominations and applications are closed. View our 2024 ATLAS Cohort.

Participating institutions include Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare Systems, MetroHealth, Northeast Ohio Medical University, University Hospitals, and University of Toledo.

Components of the Program

  • Investigators will be split into small groups consisting of 4-5 investigators (only 1 investigator from each partnering institution).
  • Groups will take on a challenge that has been identified by leadership and work to establish a plan for solutions to this issue. 
  • Participation in a 360 evaluation and creating a plan based on the results of the evaluation 
  • Partaking in various assessments to understand how the investigators personality, behaviors, and conflict style ultimately influence their leadership
  • Teach skills related to emotional intelligence, negotiation, teamwork, effective communication etc.  

Meet our Team

Grace McComsey

Grace McComsey, MD is the Vice Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Principal Investigator of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Northern Ohio, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. McComsey’s work focuses on HIV and Long-COVID complications and treatment. 

McKenzie Ritter 

McKenzie Ritter, PhD is the Director of the ATLAS program and the Assistant Director of Research Education and Training within the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at CWRU. She received her PhD in Physiology in the Spring of 2023 and has recently joined the CTSC (Summer 2023). 

Judith Albino

Judith Albino, PhD is President Emerita and the former Director of the University of Colorado LITeS program. Dr. Albino is a health and community psychologist whose research focuses on health disparities and prevention interventions for oral health. She has brought her expertise from the LITeS program to facilitate sessions throughout the program. 

Mary Dolansky 

Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN is a Sarah C. Hirsh Professor in the CWRU School of Nursing, an Associate Professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at CWRU, the Director of the QSEN Institute in the CWRU School of Nursing, Senior Faculty Scholar for the VA Quality Scholars Program, and Lead of the CTSC Workforce Development module. Dr. Dolansky’s work focuses on implementation science, interprofessional education, and quality and safety.  

David Ingbar 

David Ingbar, MD is the Director of the LITeS program at the University of Minnesota, the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Mentoring for the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Director of the Research Education, Training, and Career Development Core in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep. Dr. Ingbar’s research focuses on lung repair following injury, and how that compares to lung development. 

Tyler Reimschisel

Tyler Reimschisel, MD is the founding Associate Provost of Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education and Research, a Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at CWRU, a Physician for the Center for Human Genetics at University Hospitals, and a Physician for the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Reimschisel is a team coach and focuses on interdisciplinary/interprofessional education.  

Program Dates and Details

The program will consist of four 2-day sessions that will occur every 2 months. The first session will begin in March 2024. 

2024 Program Dates

March 7 and 8, 2024

May 2 and 3, 2024

July 11 and 12, 2024

September 5 and 6, 2024

Program Completion

Attendance to all 8 sessions is mandatory. Upon successful completion of the program, investigators are eligible for a pilot award to be spent on research if a new research collaboration is established as a result of this program. Additionally, vouchers will also be available to investigators that successfully complete the entire program to be used towards an CTSC related service.