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Taipei Medical University

Introduction to Translational Research: Connecting Scientists and Medical Doctors

Taipei Medical University via FutureLearn


Learn about a new discipline aiming to ensure medical research reaches patients.

Translational medicine, also known as translational science or translational research, is a new, growing discipline in medicine that aims to ensure research flows from ‘benchside’ to ‘bedside’.

This means translating medical research findings into clinical treatment options, drug development and diagnostic tools, as well as bringing clinical difficulties back to the research bench for further development.

You will examine the steps from benchside (research) to bedside (clinical) - starting with identifying a disease and following on through drug development and preclinical trials.

This course has been designed for senior undergraduates and postgraduates, or for those with a basic knowledge of biology or medical practice.


  • A science that is bridging benchside and bedside
    • Course introduction and basics of translational research
    • Meet the expert
  • How to identify a gene disease (genetic disorder)?
    • What is a genetic disorder? How can it be identified?
    • How to identify a disease using mouse models?
  • How to identify a target in the world of "gene"?
    • How to identify a target?
  • How to identify or optimize molecule or drugs for gene therapy purpose?
    • How to identify molecule drugs and optimize them?
  • Preclinical trials and animal studies
    • What is "preclinical trial" (animal studies)?
  • Clinical trials
    • Clinical trials
    • Assessment time!

Taught by

Austin Changou


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