A three-day experiential Spring School

Course dates and venue

Wednesday 18 May 2016 – Friday 20 May: 10 am to 5 pm

  • NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, 16th Floor, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT
  • Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London (Guy’s Campus), 7th Floor Addison House, London SE1 1UL

What is Translational Research?

Translational Research aims to improve ‘the diffusion of knowledge from basic science into the clinic’ (Martin et al 2008). However, with current estimates suggesting that it takes 17 years for research evidence to be used in practice, the slow rate at which innovations in bioscience are implemented into practice challenges the concept and is an ongoing matter of concern for science, policy makers and research funders.

Our Spring School will engage with this ‘challenge’ of Translational Research by exploring the use social science and qualitative research approaches to shed light on the social, cultural, organisational and structural contexts that shape knowledge translation, implementation science and innovation.

It is through understanding the complex contexts within which translation lies that we will be able to ensure that the benefits of health research reach the patients, families and communities for whom it is intended.

Who is the Challenge of Translational Research Spring School for?

We take a broad understanding of the term ‘translational research’ and invite applications from PhD students and Early Career Researchers who are exploring this subject in relation to:

  • research at the ‘bench to bedside’ interface whereby knowledge from the basic sciences is harnessed to produce new devices and treatments for patients (sometimes described as T1, see Woolf 2008)

and/or

  • the implementation and translation of research into practice – ensuring that new treatments and research knowledge actually reach the patients or populations for whom they are intended (sometimes described as T2, see Woolf 2008).

Whilst the course has a social science focus, those with a clinical or basic science background will find the course relevant and will have a direct perspective of translational research which they will be able to contribute to discussions. We therefore welcome applications from these participants too.

With a focus on experiential learning, the course will include lectures and interactive seminars given by leading academics, scientists and consultants, along with visits to translational and clinical research facilities. It will provide social scientists with tools to investigate this challenging paradigm and to produce a platform for PhD students and early career researchers to network with others working in the field.

Course Costs and Application Process

Supported by The King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre we are delighted to be able to provide full bursary coverage for this Spring School, including meals and refreshments for students able to demonstrate an interest and engagement with the issues of Translational Research. However, once booked non-attendance will incur the full costs of £180.00 which will be charged to the student’s University/Institution.

The Spring School is also supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

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As numbers are limited places will be awarded on a ‘first-come’ basis. Students wishing to take part should fill in the following APPLICATION FORM and return to Jean Harrington as soon as possible,

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Sunday 8th May 2016.

The event is hosted by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, The King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, The Citizen Engagement in Research and Implementation group (CERI) and The Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London.

Course conveners

Dr Nina Fudge, Research Fellow Social Science of Translation, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, King’s College London

Dr Jean Harrington, Visiting Research Fellow, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, King’s College London

Professor Christopher McKevitt, Professor of Social Sciences & Health, Division of Health & Social Care Research, King’s College London