Opinion Article - Journal of Translational Research (2022) Volume 6, Issue 2
Developing translational research in environmental science.
Department of Pathology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Republic of Korea
- *Corresponding Author:
- Manuel Beatriz
Department of Pathology
Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine
Republic of Korea
Received: 26-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. AATR-22-108; Editor assigned: 28-Feb-2022, PreQC No. AATR-22-108(PQ); Reviewed:14-Mar-2022, QC No. AATR-22-108; Revised:19-Mar-2022, Manuscript No. AATR-22-108(R); Published:26-Mar-2022, DOI:10.35841/aatr-6.2.108
Citation: Manuel B. Developing translational research in environmental science. Am J Transl Res. 2022;6(2):108
Both of these groups are becoming more interested in Translational Ecology (TE), a research approach that produces relevant scientific outputs through active collaboration between scientists and stakeholders. Participants in translational ecology come from various cultures and have varying professional motivations. We discuss how to foster a culture of TE by spending time getting to know one another's decision context and incentives, as well as common entry points into translational research such as working through boundary organisations, developing place-based research programmes, and being open to opportunities as they arise. We also discuss how collaborative research can help scientists and practitioners overcome common institutional constraints, emphasising considerations for exploring TE within existing institutional frameworks while also pointing out how institutions are evolving to make translational research more accessible.
Environmental social science, Interdisciplinary research, Translational research
The concept of translational research is commonly defined as the transfer of basic research discoveries to clinical therapy from the bench to the bedside. This framework is used to describe how a scientific discovery is "translated" into better patient (and population) health. A basic discovery, like as a protein that plays a critical function in a disease process, is made by a laboratory bench researcher. Organisms with varying levels of expression of that protein can be designed, procedures observed in disease model organisms with the protein added or stopped, and so on, all the way to the formulation of a drug that modifies protein expression and it’s testing first in animal, then in human studies through clinical trials and finally adoption in recommended clinical practise .
Medical researchers can convey the shift from a discovery at the workbench to a meaningful benefit in human health using this classic translation. This transition is then used to emphasise the importance of basic science to the broader population. Global change's origins and implications, as well as prevention and adaptation strategies, are well-documented. Human efforts, on the other hand, continue to fall short of ensuring adequate socio-ecological resilience in the face of the rising challenges of global change. Because it puts the implications of theory and empirical study into reality, translational science, which seeks to engage scientific research to human benefits, is critical to creating resilience to a collision of global change concerns .
Translational ecology, a collaborative approach to knowledge creation based on equity, inclusive, empathetic, and just collaborations among administrators, policymakers, academics, practitioners, and the general public, has enormous potential to bring about the rapid and broad social, ecological, and political changes required to build adaptability to global change threats. We argue that ecologists and other professions should be more involved in translational activities tackling seven important resilience-building concerns, and we suggest a framework that lowers obstacles to involvement and encourages stronger stakeholder interactions. We suggest specific actions that environmentalists can take based on their situation, as well as scientific proof and demonstrated need, to foster resilience building through their efforts to communication, policy, education, knowledge creation, teamwork, and service as role models through their contributions to communication, policy, education, leadership, and service as role models .
We conclude with an urgent call for ecologists and other professionals to participate widely in initiatives that combat misinformation, partner equally and fairly with communities in knowledge generation, cultivate empathy and compassion, strengthen public trust in science, and, ultimately, build decentralised communities of practise that enable rapid and high-impact responses to global change .
Because it puts the implications of theory and empirical study into reality, translational science, which aims to serve scientific research to human benefits, is critical to creating resilience to a confluence of climate impact concerns. However, legislation and cultural norms, as well as insufficient communication, money, labour, training, and stakeholder engagement, have hampered translational science's potential. Strategic planning, finance, incentivization, and equitable, inclusive collaborations that are attentive to the culture of varied stakeholders are all required for successful translational scientific implementation. Because of their multidisciplinary skills in science, communication, and application, many ecologists are particularly positioned to engage in translational science. A systematic framework for integrating translational science is desperately needed, with professional ecologists acting as liaisons between communities and administrative bodies .
Through their efforts to communication, policy, education, knowledge creation, and individual actions, ecologists and other people engaged in translational science, as specialists who are used to working with a wide range of subjects and stakeholders, play critical roles in fostering global resilience. Ecologists' collaborations with communities are critical for building socio-ecological resilience to global change by promoting equitable and science-based policies, combating misinformation, empowering people with problem-solving skills, safeguarding and expanding the knowledge creation process, and encouraging empathy and community-mindedness. Ecologists have the ability to increase public trust in science by forming communities of practise that can serve as local networks of expertise and preparedness, operate independently of centralised administration, and enable rapid, high-impact responses to global change shocks.
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