The NIH defines translational science as, “the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process.”
Translational research applies findings from basic science to enhance human health and well-being.
Translational lab projects: All projects described below relate to the study of the basic molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory and its disorders.
1. Epigenetics- This project involves the study of epigenetic mechanisms in the transcriptional control of genes required for proper memory formation.
2. Mental Illness- This project involves the study of dysregulated epigenetic mechanisms in mental illness and novel approaches for treatment.
3. Epilepsy-This project involves manipulating epigenetic processes in the epileptic brain for the treatment of cognitive impairments associated with epilepsy.
4. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)- Memory decline is associated with AD. This project investigates aberrant epigenetic mechanisms in AD to identify novel targets for therapeutic interventions for the treatment of the disorder.
5. Normal Aging- Investigation of the role of epigenetic mechanisms in age-related memory decline.