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Defining the Phases of Translational Research


There has been a lack of agreement as to what research activities define a given “t phase” and just how many phases there should be. Karen Gutzman, Impact and Evaluation Librarian, and Pamela Shaw, Biosciences and Bioinformatics Librarian, recently collaborated with NUCATS members in co-authoring a systematic review on this topic. Mapping the Evolving Definitions of Translational Research, published in Journal of Clinical and Translational Science establishes a standard definition of each research phase.

This paper was published by Dan Fort, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow in Health and Biomedical Informatics and TL1 scholar; Tim Herr, PhD Candidate in Health and Biomedical Informatics; and  Justin B. Starren, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics and Director of NUCATS Center for Data Science and Informatics, along with Karen and Pamela. Working with the Galter Health Sciences librarians, Dr. Fort conducted a systematic review of 33 research papers to identify 25 distinct areas of research.

Learn more about the paper on the NUCATS website, and read about the benefits of having a librarian collaborate with you on a systematic review.

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Updated: September 28, 2023