Translating research to improve patient health

Translational Medicine (TM) is a discipline focused on patient needs that helps you translate research into innovations to improve human health. TM spans the breadth of preclinical to clinical and health services research. Translation is a non-linear process and tackling such complex problems cannot be done in isolation. Each project is different and requires collaborations that cross multiple fields from bench-, clinical- and implementation science to law, business, and policy. TM harnesses knowledge, critical analysis, and interdisciplinary problem-solving towards real-world impact.

As a health researcher, you want your research to be more applied and of most benefit to patients but are unsure of the questions you should ask and paths you should take. Innovation in this way might seem like trial and error and can often feel like you’re alone working without a net and at professional risk. You’re also unsure how to balance your clinical/research and personal responsibilities. You’re looking for a certificate that can support your translational goals and guide you through the process, that integrates well with your demanding schedule.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Translational Medicine: Coaching and Mentorship for Health Researchers is an accredited, non-degree program, established by Medical Innovations Toronto (MiTO) and building on the foundations and approaches established by the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine. This program is supported by the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP) at the University of Toronto and is designed to enhance the impact of research and advance the careers of professionals in Translational Medicine.

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This 13-week (3 hours/week) curriculum has two principal elements: (i) Guided by expert coaches and subject matter experts, during the first 2 hours of each week you will work as a team with a cohort of your peers, using your own research as case studies to learn from each other’s experiences and tackle your greatest challenges; (ii) During the 3rd hour each week, small group (3-5 people) sessions will create a safe environment for discussion workshops and to provide career mentorship. Together, this network of peers, coaches, subject matter experts and mentors can help you address your current and future translational and career challenges.

Target Audience

Health researchers investigating health and disease, focusing on topics such as disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management including:

  1. Faculty (clinician scientists and PhD scientists) in health professions (Medicine, Nursing, PT, OT, pharmacy) currently engaged in health research (PI or Co-PI on 1+ studies);
  2. Senior trainees in health research;
  3. Post-doctoral fellows in health research

This certificate is ideal for health researchers who:

  1. Have a strong interest in making a meaningful impact on patient health and outcomes through their research.
  2. Are eager to explore novel approaches and methods bridging the gap between basic research and clinical application.
  3. Recognize the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and are open to working with health professionals, patients, and other stakeholders.
  4. Are proactive in identifying and overcoming challenges within their research environment and are dedicated to setting and achieving professional goals.


  • Identify translational goals within your own research
  • Critically analyze and develop strategies to overcome translational challenges in ongoing research
  • Identify and receive mentorship on career development goals