Translation is a two-way street. Not only must we translate our scientific findings into the everyday care of patients and into the lives of the general population, we must also translate the concerns of the general population into scientific inquiry. In the past decades we have come to appreciate the importance of bringing clinicians into the research arena due to the unique perspectives of clinicians. Such collaborations have improved patient care through asking clinicians what would help them care for patients and using their input as the basis for scientific inquiry. Just as clinicians are often the best judge of what would help them in their practice, so too are members of the general population often the best judge of what would help them in their day-to-day lives. Empowering “everyday people” in developing research agenda will help the public have a voice in future directions of medical research. This “reverse translation” is an essential component of the CTSA program as well. GHUCCTS fully endorses this concept, and actively engages our communities in bidirectional dialog through a variety of activities and mechanisms as described in the Community section of this website.
adapted from: Kon AA. The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium and the Translational Research Model. Am J Bioeth. 8(3):58–W3, 2008.