Defining a Translational Researcher

What Does it Mean to Be a Translational Scientist?

Translational science is defined as the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process. Further development of the field is advanced by describing the key desirable characteristics of individuals who seek to uncover these principles to increase the efficiency and efficacy of translation. The members of Translation Together, a newly launched international collaborative effort to advance translational innovation, present here a consensus representation of the fundamental characteristics of a translational scientist.

We invite all stakeholders to contribute in the ongoing efforts to develop the field and educate the next generation of translational scientists. An international group of science leaders are helping to define the role in recent articles.

Daniel Ford, director of the ICTR, would be happy to hear your comments about whether the definition makes sense for Johns Hopkins researchers and what might be missing.


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The Fundamental Characteristics of a Translational Scientist

C. Taylor GillilandJulia WhiteBarry GeeRosan Kreeftmeijer-VegterFlorence BietrixAnton E. UssiMarian HajduchPetr KocisNobuyoshi ChibaRyutaro HirasawaMakoto SuematsuJustin BryansStuart NewmanMatthew D. Hall, and Christopher P. Austin. “The Fundamental Characteristics of a Translational Scientist.” ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, 2019 2 (3), 213-216, DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.9b00022


Translating Translation

Austin, Christopher. “Translating Translation.” Nature International Journal of Science, 2018DOI:10.1038/nrd.2018.27.