Translational research is the process of applying knowledge from basic biology and clinical trials to techniques and tools that address unmet medical needs. Unlike applied sciences, translational research is specifically designed to improve health outcomes.

Translational research – often used interchangeably with translational medicine or translational science or bench to bedside – is an effort to build on basic scientific research to create new therapies, medical procedures, or diagnostics. Basic biomedical research is based on studies of disease processes using for example cell cultures or animal models. The term translational refers to the "translation" of basic scientific findings in a laboratory setting into potential treatments for disease.

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Are clinical trials translational research?

Clinical research involves studying human subjects through surveys, health services research, or clinical trials. ... Translational research acts as a bridge between different areas of research, connecting their findings to each other, and ultimately, to the community at large.

What is the difference between applied and translational research?

Translational research is broader than the traditional term “applied research.” Applied research is any research that may possibly be useful for enhancing health or well-being. It does not necessarily have to have any effort connected with it to take the research to a practical level.

What is the goal of translational research?

Translational research seeks to produce more meaningful, applicable results that directly benefit human health. The goal of translational research is to translate (move) basic science discoveries more quickly and efficiently into practice.

Why translational research is important?

The steps in translational research are designed to ensure that the discoveries that advance into human trials have the highest possible chance of success in terms of both safety and efficacy. Weeding out failures earlier in the process can significantly decrease the overall cost of developing new products.

What is clinical and translational research?

Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. ... Translational research is research that applies discoveries generated in the laboratory to studies in humans (bench to bedside), or that speeds the adoption of best practices into community settings (bedside to practice).