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What Is Translational Research?

NC TraCS is part of a national consortium, funded through the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), that shares a common vision to expedite the translational research process and the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients.

Translational Research
Translational Research takes scientific discoveries made in the laboratory, in the clinic or out in the field and transforms them into new treatments and approaches to medical care that improve the health of the population.
Modified from the NCI translational research working group (2006)
Interested in helping expedite the translation process by participating in a clinical trial? ResearchMatch.org can help pair you with studies you may find interesting.
How Does Clinical Research Relate?
An essential part of translating laboratory discoveries to treatments is clinical research, a type of research that involves a particular person or group of people or uses materials from humans. Clinical research is essential to bringing research discoveries to communities. On average, it takes the participation of 5,300 study volunteers to obtain the results needed for a new drug application. If you are looking for a clinical study at UNC-CH, search our local databases for appropriate opportunities as well as link with specific coordinators in the area(s) of research for which you are most interested. Visit CISCRP for more information about clinical research and questions you should ask before volunteering.

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Nearly 100 students from @UNC SOM participated in the 47th Annual Student Research Day on Jan. 12! Read about it here.http://t.co/4HrwrHJj6x