What Is Clinical and Translational Research (CTR)?

The National Institutes of Health defines translation as “the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public–from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes.”

Translational science focuses on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process. (https://ncats.nih.gov/translation)

Learn more about the five different phases of translational science, including:

  • Basic research
  • Pre-clinical research
  • Clinical research
  • Clinical implementation, and
  • Public health

Find out the answers to below questions and more by viewing this short video about CTR from NCATS, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

  • What does a CTR researcher do?
  • How long does it take for a newly discovered drug to reach your doctor’s office?
  • Why are therapeutic drugs so expensive?