Useful links have been organized below into five categories: advocacy, policy and education; government; funding; alliances and consortia; and selected journals:
Report announced in April 2012 by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB): “Engaging Basic Scientists in Translational Research: Identifying Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles.”
Advocacy, policy and education:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
AAAS, an international nonprofit organization, seeks to “advance science and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people” through the primary program areas of Science and Policy, International Activities, Education and Human Resources, and Project 2061. AAAS publishes the journal Science.
Center for the Advancement of Health (CFAH)
CFAH is an independent nonprofit corporation that translates to the public the latest evidence-based research on health, health care, prevention, and chronic disease management, with an emphasis on how social, behavioral and economic factors affect illness and wellbeing. The Center advocates for translation of health research into policy and practice, brokers collaboration among researchers, policymakers and practitioners; and communicates information relevant to the translation of research to policy and practice.
Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
CISCRP is a nonprofit organization focused on participation in clinical research, with a mission to educate, inform and empower patients, the public, medical and research professionals, the media and policymakers about clinical research participation, promote greater awareness and understanding of clinical research participation and the role it plays in public health, and to facilitate more effective collaboration among all members of the clinical research enterprise.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)
CCPH is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. Methods of promoting health include service-learning, community-based participatory research (CBPR), creating broad-based coalitions, and other partnership strategies.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
A coalition of a number of professional societies, FASEB advances biological science through collaborative advocacy for research policies that promote scientific progress and education, and that lead to improvements in human health.
National Academy of Science (NAS)
Incorporated in 1863, the NAS, through its elected members, “investigates, examines, experiments and reports upon any subject of science or art” whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government, providing advice on scientific and technological issues that affect policy decisions. NAS, along with sister organizations the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council together comprise The National Academies.
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
As a component of the National Academies, the IOM provides the government and others with evidence-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine and health, insuring scientifically-informed analysis and independent guidance. New members are elected annually.
Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP)
A joint unit of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine,COSEPUP conducts studies on cross-cutting issues in science and technology policy, convening special interdiscipolinary panels comprising the nation’s best scientific and engineering expertise.
An alliance of stakeholders in basic, behavioral, biotech, clinical, health services, prevention and public health, and therapeutic research from the public and private sectors, Research!America advocates for increased investment in the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The organization is a leader in gathering and presenting public opinion poll data on attitudes toward investment in research, and seeks to educate the public about the benefits of medical and health research.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the principal US agency responsible for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, focusing on prevention and control of chronic and infectious diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, environmental health threats, and disaster preparedness.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is the primary federal agency responsible for conducting and supporting medical research, distributing 80% of its funding in research grants. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, NIH is a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The NIH’s “Roadmap” initiative, now the NIH Common Fund seeks to identify major opportunities and gaps in biomedical research that no single institute at NIH can tackle alone, so that the institutes and centers can combine forces and speed the progress of medical research. NIH also maintains the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) resource, a single repository of reports, data and analyses of NIH research activities, including NIH research expenditures and the results of NIH-sponsored research.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, complementing the biomedical research mission of its sister agency, the National Institutes of Health. AHRQ research centers focus on outcomes and effectiveness of care, clinical practice and technology assessment, quality improvement and patient safety, and other areas of health care research. AHRQ functions as a major source of funding and technical assistance for health services research and research training as well as a science partner helping to build the knowledge base for what works in health and health care, and to translate this knowledge into everyday practice and policymaking.
Alliances and Consortia:
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
AAMC is a nonprofit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies which seeks to improve the nation’s health by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine. AAMC focuses on medical education, medical research, and patient care in academic settings, by providing services and by working on policy issues at the national level.
Clinical Research Forum
The Clinical Research Forum is an organization comprised of top academic health centers, professional organizations and industry, all interested in sustaining and expanding a cadre of talented, well-trained clinical investigators at all stages of career development, as well as nurturing environments and comprehensive research capacities within academic institutions. The mission of the CRF is to provide leadership to the national clinical and translational research enterprise and to promote understanding and support for clinical research and its impact on health and health care.
Academic institutions with Clinical and Translational Science Awards
An alliance of the academic institutions that have received NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards, which is likely to include approximately 60 institutions by the end of 2011.
Society for Clinical and Translational Science (SCTS)
SCTS is an alliance of academic institutions, industry and philanthropy. The mission of SCTS is to advance research and education in clinical and translational science to improve human health.
Links to Selected Journals:
The journals below often include articles focused on the research enterprise. Please note that a subscription may be required in order to retrieve and print articles.