Clinical & 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.*

Interested in helping expedite the translation process by participating in a clinical trial? Join The Conquest and 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-Chapel Hill, 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 the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) for more information about clinical research and questions you should ask before volunteering.

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.

Health/Research Priorities

We partnered with a number of community groups throughout North Carolina, particularly Healthy Carolinians, to identify health priorities that need the most attention. We hope to rigorously tackle the following priorities through various perspectives across the translational spectrum including, but not limited to, basic science, laboratory science, clinical trials, epidemiological studies, comparative effectiveness, development of best practices, individual to institutional-level approaches, and preventative to curative approaches.

  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse
  • Delivery and Access
  • Childhood and Youth Issues
  • Chronic Disease
  • Infectious Disease
  • Injury and Violence
  • Environmental Health

*Modified from the NCI translational research working group (2006)