March 17, 2016

What is Translational Research?

Translation Research (TR)

INNOVATE:   

observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public

In the United States, the National Center for the Advancing Translational Science 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.”

wheel5Translation is the bi-directional movement of knowledge between contexts towards mechanisms, techniques and approaches that support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.  This mobilization involves not only the movement of knowledge, discoveries and research to be tested and applied to routine practice, but also involves how these findings may be deployed effectively, efficiently and in an acceptable form to promote update and optimal use of new insights.

Translational Research (TR) is the “field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying” the processes of translating concepts into tangible benefits to human health!

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