What is Translational Research?

There is an increasing recognition that the movement of knowledge between contexts towards mechanisms, techniques and approaches that support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease is key for expediting advances in health care.

Academic institutions and funding agencies around the world are committing increasing resources to projects that work towards tangible benefits.



The US NIH National Center for the Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) defines translation as:

“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.”

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


Translational Research (TR)

TR is a field of investigation that focuses on understanding the operational principles underlying the processes of transforming concepts into tangible innovations that benefit human health!

Translational Research (TR) is a reflective and systematic approach to research translation that includes developing methods of inquiry, best-practices and frameworks for optimizing the successful design, development, implementation, testing, and dissemination of innovation in healthcare.

Concerned with applying research and knowledge, TR involves translating research into implementation as well as the research of how to do so more systematically and efficiently.



The Translational Research Program (TRP), focuses on experiential learning using the Translational Thinking framework to translate and generate operational principles for translating.

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