Translational Research From A Dietitian's Perspective

QUT Intern Carly Booth and Clinician Researcher Dr Ingrid Hickman chat about Ingrid's view of translational research, from the perspective of a dietitian.

The goal of translational research is simple: to benefit health outcomes by applying scientific discoveries into practice. While such translation can mean different things to different people, here at the Translational Research Institute researchers conduct all kinds and styles of translational research on a day to day basis. With an overarching aim to conduct bench to bedside medical research in order to translate findings within the lab into clinical practice as soon as possible, translational research ranges from commercialisation to __________________ (what TRI’s translational research aims to do????).

In this podcast, researcher and dietitian Dr Ingrid Hickman talks about her own definition of translation, where she aims to change behaviours within the nutrition and dietetics field. While her primary research area lies within liver disease, Ingrid’s past and present research ranges across a number of different areas including the microbiome and metabolic disease. Discussing the importance of translational research within nutrition and dietetics, Ingrid also explores the barriers and challenges that she faces within her field.


Highlighting the success of translational research, the 2016 Research Translation Award in dietetics was held right here in the TRI auditorium on Tuesday the 8th of November. Coordinated by Ingrid herself, the annual award honours the best research translation activity of the year by showcasing the translational research performed by clinical dietitians from the Princess Alexandra, Royal Brisbane and Women’s and Mater hospitals. Keep an eye out for 2017's event to see how translational research is applied within nutrition and dietetics! 

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The Intern Series:
Translational Research From A
Dietitian's Perspective