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Welcome to the Translational Scientist

Translational science is not a new concept – improving human health has always been a key goal for scientists – but it is only relatively recently that it has crystallized into a defined field. As the data navigated by basic and clinical scientists have become more complex, it is increasingly important to build solid bridges between basic and clinical research. As Jenny Van Eyk notes in “Lessons I’ve Learned”, the translational scientist of today must go where the data drives them – even if that means crossing disciplines or specialties.

The Translational Scientist’s broad aim is to bring researchers, regulators and policy-makers together, dissolving boundaries of discipline and geography in the process and providing much-needed common ground. Human beings are hardwired to respond to narratives; by telling the stories from within this diverse field, we hope to inform, entertain and even surprise you. Indeed, we go beyond the science to delve into the motivations, hopes and fears of top translational researchers.

It’s not always easy to find time to read about the latest advances in other fields. But with accessible, engaging articles pitched at just the right length and depth, The Translational Scientist makes a coffee-break catch-up possible. Our topical features delve much deeper into the research, personalities and policies shaping the field, while our Translated articles celebrate success with the story of a new treatment or diagnostic from discovery to market launch (here). Our Toolbox section brings you the latest on tools, techniques and technologies to accelerate your research – here we explore new alternatives to animal models. Translation doesn’t stop when a new intervention reaches the clinic and our In Perspective section (here) looks beyond bench-to-bedside, asking how we can deliver medical advances at a population level and ultimately improve global health.

You can engage with our content in whatever format you prefer – in print, PDF, iPad app or online at However, the content that we publish and post is just the start. We want  your feedback, suggestions and submissions. You can leave a comment on any article or email me at [email protected]. We will measure our success by how well we serve you – the translational science community – so please don’t hesitate to let us know what you like, what you don’t, and what you want to see us cover.

As the field grows and evolves, so will we. I hope you’ll join us on the exciting journey ahead.

Charlotte Barker

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About the Author
Charlotte Barker

“As Editor of The Translational Scientist, I’m working closely with our audience to create vibrant, engaging content that reflects the hard work and passion that goes into bringing new medicines to market. I got my start in biomedical publishing as a commissioning editor for healthcare journals and have spent my career covering everything from early-stage research to clinical medicine, so I know my way around. And I can’t think of a more interesting, challenging or important area to be working in.”

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