Defining Success for Translational Research Organizations

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Science Translational Medicine  03 Aug 2011:
Vol. 3, Issue 94, pp. 94cm20
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3002085


Translational research organizations (TROs) seek to enhance the clinical impact of scientific discoveries and play a multifaceted role characterized by multidisciplinary collaboration, outreach initiatives, and the provision of shared resources and facilities. Given this complexity, TROs require a flexible framework for performance assessment that tracks their progress, incentivizes fruitful activities, and aligns individuals throughout the organization. We suggest a framework that assesses TRO performance along seven main dimensions—funding, talent, creation, validation, dissemination, external uptake, and collaboration—and we encourage individual organizations to develop additional metrics as needed.


  • Citation: R. Pozen, H. Kline, Defining Success for Translational Research Organizations. Sci. Transl. Med. 3, 94cm20 (2011).

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