Translational Research Program
The IDOM Translational Program facilitates translational and patient-oriented research by providing a focal point for interactions between basic and clinical investigators. The translational program encourages cross-fertilization of ideas between disciplines due to the increasing recognition that common pathophysiological processes such as the development of insulin resistance, inflammation, oxidative stress and alterations in central and peripheral neural activity contribute to many disease states. The program attempts to identify common research needs of the translational research community of IDOM and in conjunction with other IDOM units and the Clinical and Translation Research Center (CTRC), foster programs and resources to support these needs.
Past IDOM translational research efforts include:
- The Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology and IDOM retreat held November 20, 2008, and the pilot and feasibility funds associated with this retreat.
- Identification of the need for a metabolic stable isotope resource using The Metabolic Tracer Resource and the establishment of this resource.
- Organization of the metabolic modeling discussion group
- Fostering interaction between the clinical facility and faculty at NIDDK and IDOM