January 16th, 2018
January 2018 TAC social media collection: Translational science/research

My task for the month of January was put together the social media posts for January 2018.  The topic was translational research.  Should be easy – right?  “Translational research/science” is a big buzzword in the scientific community and my thought process going into the task was that a few quick Google searches for interesting and relevant articles would be all that was required.  I started by looking for a simple definition of “translational research”.  I realized pretty quickly that I was in for a bigger challenge than initially thought.  The complexity of this topic begins with the fact that there really isn’t a universally agreed upon definition of translational science or research.  The collection of posts below are selected resources, articles, and blogs that will provide a good foundation for you to begin to understand the issues, complexities, and importance of translational research.


Post #1: The concept of translational science can be confusing.  The best place to start diving into this topic is undoubtedly with the recently established NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).  Learn about the “translational science spectrum” here: http://bit.ly/2p50DhL


Post #2: Read a graduate student’s take on trying to understand the similarities and differences between basic science and translational research: http://bit.ly/2kzWLjO


Post #3:  One way of thinking about translational research is that it “bridges the gap” between basic and clinical research.  http://bit.ly/2kTQaQV


Post #4: There are many options for alternative careers in translational research that will allow you to step away from the bench.  Read about what skills you need and other related topics. http://go.nature.com/2BfKHuD


Post #5: What does it take to carve out a career in translational research? Trainees need to understand the risks and opportunities. http://bit.ly/2BgBX7r


Post #6: Learn about the mission and scientific focuses of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the NIH: http://bit.ly/2By3y8o


Post #7: Are you a current doctoral student and interested in receiving formal training in translational research? Consider applying for the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students.  Find more information here: http://bit.ly/2BzHMkv


Post #8: Are knowledge translation and translational research the same thing? http://bit.ly/2w6zHwf

Steven Copp, PhD works in the Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University. He  teaches courses related to neuroendocrinology and the autonomic control of the circulation during exercise.  His research interest is the exercise pressor reflex-mediated control of the circulation in health and disease.
January 8th, 2018
Welcome to Trainee Talk!


The American Physiological Society (APS) and the Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) are pleased to bring you Trainee Talk!  This blog is dedicated to:



  • Providing a place for APS trainee-related content from other various platforms (social media posts, recorded Experimental Biology presentations, etc.) to be archived in a searchable form.
  • Facilitating interactions among trainees and the APS.


The topics covered in this blog will include (but are not limited to):

  • Professional development
  • Networking
  • Preparing for conferences
  • Teaching skills
  • Government advocacy
  • K-12 outreach
  • Interviewing skills
  • Grant writing
  • Non-academic science careers
  • Work/life balance


Remember, this blog is for YOU – the trainee!  Come back often and leave your comments.  Also remember that this blog is just one of the many ways to interact with the TAC and/or other APS trainees – be sure to check out the TAC Facebook (www.facebook.com/APSTrainees) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/apstrainees) accounts.


The Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) is composed of a trainee representative from each of the 12 APS sections.  The purpose of TAC is to support trainees’ needs, organize symposia, provide news and information relevant to trainees and encourage active society membership.