The interdepartmental Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program at Baylor College of Medicine offers a unique approach to train individuals in translational biology and promote collaborations between clinical and basic science faculty.
The program aims to develop a new workforce with firsthand experience in translational research and leadership training to move discoveries effectively between bench and bedside.
What Is Translational Biology?
- Experimental nonhuman and nonclinical studies conducted with the intent of developing principles for the discovery of new therapeutic strategies.
- Clinical investigations that provide a biological foundation for the development of improved therapies
- The definition of guidelines for drug development or for the identification and validation of clinically relevant biomarkers
- Any clinical trial initiated in accordance with the above goals
- Basic science studies that define the biological effects of disease pathogenesis and therapeutics in humans
- Continue advances in basic and clinical science with individuals capable of integrating diverse areas.
- Provide interdisciplinary training and leadership qualities that utilize the problem solving abilities of teams.
- Ensure that bidirectional transfer of information between “bench” and “bedside” occurs.
- Instill the power of current basic science and encourage the formulation of challenging questions based on bedside observations.
- Educate on the cell and subcellular levels and familiarize researchers with integrated organ system function and disease processes.
- Train researchers how to move the development a promising therapeutic intervention beyond Phase I testing.