From Theory To Practice
Investigators work together to find practical applications for their discoveries.
The cornerstone of the strategic plan is the Brown Institute for Translational Science. BITS builds on Brown’s existing strengths in areas of societal importance, embraces the University’s culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, and harnesses the potential of clinical partnerships and the state of Rhode Island’s unique demography to accelerate discovery and application to human health.
BITS is composed of horizontally integrated research teams that will allow scientists and clinicians to work together along a common continuum. The integrating factor can be a disease, biologic pathway, investigative approach, or problem in society. In these teams basic scientists make lab- or data-based discoveries and then work with master clinicians and physician scientists to evaluate the importance of their findings in well characterized patient populations. Other investigators then look at the policy consequences of these findings, and focus on ways this knowledge can be used to generate companies and commercial products for patients.