Research has historically been a core focus of Universities. However the production of knowledge and its application outside academe are not synonymous. In publicly funded institutions especially do researchers have a social imperative to share the knowledge produced with the broader society? Is mobilizing or communicating knowledge for broader social economic or political benefit an obligation of (publicly funded) institutions? Let’s discuss the relationship between research translation and innovation.
As part of the graduate seminar in the Master of Health Science in Translational Research, Fundamentals of Translational Research, the discussion series is hosted by Faculty of Medicine’s Translational Research Program (TRP) and the five collaborating Departments participating in the development of the Toronto Translational HUB (Department of Psychiatry, Medicine, Imaging, Surgery and Paediatrics).
Geared to an inter-professional community of clinicians, researchers, and trainees, the series is intended to provoke discussion and community building. The Talks, are intended to provide an overview of the health innovation landscape while introducing the ‘tools and competencies’ needed to systematically ‘translate’ science more effectively.
Each seminar in the series is two hours. During the first hour, TRP graduate students will facilitate a discussion among all the panel discussants and audience about Translational challenges and opportunities. During the second hour, each of the discussants will meet in smaller groups with attendees to continue the conversation and network.