Translational research is the process of developing scientific discoveries into knowledge, programs and products that improve the health of individuals and their communities. In basic research, scientists study diseases in the laboratory at a molecular or cellular level. To improve health, findings from these basic research studies must be translated into practical applications. Translational research transforms scientific discoveries found in the laboratory into ways to prevent, diagnosis or treat disease.
Translation is a critical part of the mission of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. The Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) is the primary vehicle for driving innovation in the department, but there are many other resources at the University and in the community that are also dedicated to translation such at the CTSC, CAHH, and NCAI.