Washington University in St. Louis
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Funded by the National Cancer Institute, Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) at Washington University in St. Louis is a unique education program for post-doctoral scholars to pursue research in cancer. They Approached Matchbox Design Group for a new website design project.
Cancer research often takes a long time to go from theory to practice. This gap can delay new discoveries from reaching patients for 10-20 years after they were conceived. This is exactly why the Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC), founded by Washington University in St. Louis, was formed. Their goal is to facilitate discussion and study that will speed up the transition between research and patients.
A few months ago, the project coordinator for MT-DIRC approached us with their needs for a web design that housed resources, bios and a place for potential fellows to apply and get news about the progress of their research projects. With nearly all the content we needed for the site from the start, the process was quick and efficient.
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For the design of the site, we focused on making it clean and simple. We took the colors from the logo that the MT-DIRC team created and utilized iconography for organization.
For the development of the site, our front-end and back-end developers worked together on every aspect. In addition to the standard pages of the site, the development team created a password-protected resources page. This page allowed access for only members of the MT-DIRC program. This was crucial for MT-DIRC to have a place where their researchers could securely access presentations, articles and other research coming out of the program.
Matchbox Design Group hopes to do more design work with colleges and universities in the near future.