Research translation and implementation: a bi-directional continuum

Research translation and implementation: a bi-directional continuum

Principal speaker

Professor Allan Cripps AO

Other speakers

Professor Andrea Marshall

Menzies Health Institute Queensland

Optimising Health Outcomes Program Seminar


Research translation and implementation: a bi-directional continuum


Translational research fosters the integration of research with the long-term aim of improving the health of the community. It is a temporal process moving from basic to clinical to post clinical research and ultimately to use and public health impact. Translational research has four key areas, which are informed by basic science discovery (T0). One is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory and pre-clinical studies (T1) to identify what care works. The development of trials and studies in humans (T2) is to identify who benefits from promising treatment strategies. The implementation of research into improved policy and practice (T3) requires research to identify how to delivery high quality care reliably and in all settings including at the population level Finally there is the eventual translation to populations where the effectiveness of research on population health outcomes is assessed with the view to achieving sustainable impact (T4).

While the words ‘Research Translation' are used within and across many disciplines, there is not necessarily a shared understanding of what these mean. In this seminar we will explore what research translation across the continuum looks like and the strategies required to facilitate translation of research findings into policy and practice.


Professor Allan Cripps AO has extensive experience in health service provision, industry and in health academe. He joined Griffith University in 2003 to commence the rollout of the Medical Program and in 2005 was given the task of forming the University's Health Group. Allan is currently a research Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University. Allan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Scientists, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK), a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Allan has an extensive research track record with over 300 published works in the fields of immunology and clinical research. He has a number of international patents in the fields of diagnostic technology and vaccine protein antigens for respiratory infections. He has received nearly $17 million in research grants from nationally competitive and industry sources. In 2015 Allan received the Australia Day Award from the Australasian College of Health Service Management for his contributions to the public health sector and health education. Also in 2015 Allan was awarded an Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education and to public health as a leading immunologist, academic and researcher in the area of mucosal immunisation.

Professor Andrea Marshall is currently Professor of Acute and Complex Care Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University. Andrea is a leading critical care nursing researcher whose program of research has attracted over $10M in funding. Her research has two streams. The first focuses on improving outcomes for acute and critically ill patients with a particular focus on nutrition interventions; the second stream is specific to knowledge translation and implementation science. Andrea has published over 80 research manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. She is Editor-in-Chief of Australian Critical Care and a Life Member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

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