Translational science applies findings from basic, fundamental research into medical and nursing practice, with the aim to enhance health outcomes
Translational science is done via a set of processes and methods directed at promoting adaptive functioning, where the assessment, understanding and application of knowledge is consistent with scientific evidence.
The University Platforms
Melbourne Clinical and Translational Sciences (MCATS) Platform supports clinical research including the design of clinical trials and quantitative studies through co-ordinated access to biostatistics, health economics, health informatics and research governance. The Platform offers a number of key services in the design and implementation of clinical and translational research.
Underpinning the sound application of statistical methods in clinical research, MCATS provides access to biostatisticians to support clinical trial and quantitative study design and the analysis and reporting of data from such studies.
- Health Economists
MCATS provides coordinated access to health economists at the University of Melbourne to support assessment of efficiency, equality and quality of health care production.
- Health informatics
MCATS offers services in systematic data acquisition and analysis associated with health care including data linkage and privacy protection methods including identity matching and de-identification, data organisation, representation (clinical vocabularies), and analysis and visualisation. With the reliance on interactive health communication tools ever increasing, MCATS provides services in methodology support to conduct and evaluate health interventions based on the use of eHealth through media such as telehealth, mobile health systems and social media.
- Research governance
Protection of research participants and the safety and quality of research is an important part of clinical trial design and execution and the promotion of good research culture and practise. MCATS provides support in the navigation through privacy and confidentiality policies, financial probity, legal and health regulatory matters, risk management and monitoring arrangements.
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