June 6, 2018
"NCATS is unique at NIH in that the name in the Center’s mission — “translation” — has a firmly established meaning that is generally associated with languages, not biomedical research. By contrast, other NIH components are named for widely known medical problems, such as cancer, diabetes and stroke. NCATS’ outreach and education efforts are therefore especially complex. First, we must define what “translation” means as a biomedical research term. Second, we must convey why it matters. And third, we must explain what NCATS is doing to improve it.
To help bridge this gap, I recently published a brief about three related terms — translation, translational research and translational science — in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. I hope you will take a look at this freely available commentary and send me feedback."
Check out the rest of the NCATS Director’s Corner here: https://ncats.nih.gov/director