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What is Translational Research?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines translational research as: “the process of applying ideas, insights, and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of human disease.” A discussion of translational research will often include the concept of bringing research from “the bench to the bedside.”

Historically, basic research scientists have tackled fundamental issues and spent most of their time trying to understand how and why things work the way they do. Increasingly, there has been an emphasis on “translating” this knowledge of disease and health problems into actual solutions. Yet many investigators lack the knowledge, connections or resources to do so.

At the same time, clinicians and members of the community are taking a more prominent role in defining and seeking out solutions to health problems. Yet, they too often lack the knowledge, connections or resources to do so.

The TRO is bringing these different groups (fundamental scientists, engineers, clinicians, community members, etc) together, while providing, or making it easier for them to find the necessary resources to succeed.

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