TRP at a Glance

Translation in the health sciences may involve developing novel tools, mechanisms, services, drugs, techniques, policies, and protocols that address the needs of people and populations.

Joseph Ferenbok

We are often asked by prospective students “What are the career paths that the TRP trains students for?” or “What jobs can you get when you’re done?”

I have often been frustrated by this line of questioning.  Not because I do not believe that students at any stage of their careers (whether at the beginning, middle or end) should not be engaged in career planning—in fact, this is a mechanism that we have built into the program and are still trying very hard to improve—but because this is entirely the wrong perspective and motivation for considering the TRP.


To advance health care, knowledge must move between contexts towards mechanisms, techniques, and approaches that support the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.  Academic institutions and funding agencies around the world are committing increasing resources to projects that work towards tangible benefits.




To advance health care, knowledge must move toward mechanisms, techniques, and approaches that support the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. Translational Research (TR) investigates how to innovate more systematically and efficiently. TR develops methods of inquiry, best-practices, and frameworks to optimize the successful design, development, implementation, testing, and dissemination of innovation in healthcare.

The process of turning OBSERVATIONS in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that IMPROVE THE HEALTH of individuals and the public — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioural changes.

National Center for the Advancing Translational Science,  NIH  


Translators translate research into tangible benefits for people. They advocate for public good, accelerate innovation, and engineer positive change.  Professional translational researchers, or translators, translate research into tangible benefits for people. They see big-picture pathways,  communicate knowledge to diverse audiences,  set policy,  influence behaviour, and implement effective new interventions


The healthcare field is undergoing a rapid evolution–a transformation of how things are done, by whom, and how people are rewarded. A new type of professional is emerging–an applied scientist.  Not always found conducting experiments in a lab, they use science. And they combine the science with expertise from a vast range of disciplines, such as business, design, law, and communication.

  • Basic scientists
  • Applied scientists
  • Bridge builders
  • Researchers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Advocates 
  • Problem-solvers
  • Risk Takers
  • Networkers
  • Innovators
  • Architects
  • Influencers



Our unique framework that provides a rigorous methodology for translating. Translational Thinking™ is a reflective, iterative, and person-centered approach that starts with people and ends with tangible  benefits tailor-made to suit their needs.

The Toronto Translational™ Framework focuses on people’s NEEDS by:

  • Engaging with people to identify issues
  • Defining a focused problem or research question based on verified needs
  • Ideating multiple approaches through participatory and co-design strategies
  • Prototyping and testing with stakeholder feedback for iterative improvement


Experiential learning 

  • Learn by doing in self-directed environment
  • Make an immediate impact with real-world projects

Professional skills development

  • Develop translational and transferable skills that will empower you to navigate complex healthcare systems, lead innovations, and transform human health: Collaboration, Creativity,  Critical thinking, Effective communication, Leadership, Networking, Problem solving, Risk management, Team building
  • Pursue the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) designation with flexible and modular courses to accommodate working professionals

Innovative thinking

  • Master Translational Thinking™ framework
  • Identify needs in health sciences
  • Strategize to improve patient experiences and healthcare delivery

Inspiring community

  • Engineer positive change in Toronto’s commercialization hub, a space shared by world-renowned entrepreneurs, clinician scientists, and basic researchers
  • Be motivated by diverse and exceptional peers and educators
  • Collaborate with inspiring and expert mentors, guests, and alumni