Translational Neuroscience


Need

There is a strong need to train our next generation of translational neuroscientists to help close the gap that has developed between the dramatic advances biomedical discovery and meaningful clinical applications.


Purpose

While many NIH programs support research experiences for new basic and new clinician scientists, not all of these trainees have the opportunity to receive formal course work and training experience needed to move across the broad range of disciplines needed to translate basic discoveries in to proven therapies. Areas of potential overlap include hypothesis development, the design of clinical research projects, biostatistics, epidemiology, and the legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research.


Definition

Translational Neuroscience is the process of using all technological advances to bring novel therapies with measurable outcomes to patients with neurological diseases. The concept is derived from the need to translate the wealth of basic understanding about neuroscience, neuropathogenesis, and neuroengineering into a trajectory that will realistically lead to therapies and measurable benefit to individuals at risk for or suffering from neurological disease. Special emphasis pathway for PhD and Postdoctoral training programs. Prepares researchers for productive collaborative work with other clinicians and researchers aimed at advances in the clinical neurology and community setting.


Goals/Vision

Our goal is to train basic and clinical neuroscientists to be able to develop their own specialized, but interdependent roles in the common mission of improving neurological disease.

Furthermore, our goal includes providing specialized training to existing programs that will equip trainees with the understanding and language necessary to enhance future research collaborations, improve study design, and increase research funding among investigators working along the translational neuroscience spectrum.