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.

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