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Translational science spectrum

Translational Science Spectrum

Explore each stage of research along the path from the biological basis of health and disease to interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public.


What is translational science?

Translational science is the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process.

Explore issues in translation.





About Translation

Translation is 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. Learn more.

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Translational Science Spectrum

Explore the full spectrum of translational science, including NCATS’ role in transforming knowledge into treatments.

    Issues in Translation

    Learn more about the challenges of translational research and how NCATS is working to address them.

        Translational Science and NCATS

        Translational science is the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process. Learn more about the translational science spectrum.

        NCATS studies translation on a system-wide level as a scientific and operational problem. The Center convenes expert teams from diverse scientific disciplines — including, among others, efficacy, toxicity, data sharing, biomarkers and clinical application — to reduce, remove or bypass significant bottlenecks across the entire continuum of translation and to train the future translational science workforce. Learn more about the issues NCATS aims to address.