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From Genes to Community: Exploring Translational Science in Adolescent Health Research

Proceedings from a Research Symposium


  • Elizabeth Miller M.D., Ph.D.

    1. Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children‘s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    2. Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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E. Miller (elizabeth.miller@chp.edu)


Addressing complex adolescent health problems such as youth violence and teen pregnancy requires innovative strategies to promote protective social environments, increase healthier behaviors, and reduce the impact of health risk behaviors into adulthood. Multilevel, interdisciplinary, and translational approaches are needed to address these challenges in adolescent health. In May 2012, a group of adolescent health researchers participated in a 1-day research symposium titled “From Genes to Community: Exploring Translational Science in Adolescent Health Research,” sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of the University of Pittsburgh and the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The research symposium offered opportunities for adolescent health researchers to share examples of translational research as well as to identify potential collaborations to promote translational research. This and subsequent issues of Clinical and Translational Science will include papers from this symposium. The studies and reviews presented range from how basic biobehavioral sciences such as functional neuroimaging and decision science can be made relevant for intervention development as well as improving strategies for community-partnered knowledge transfer of cutting-edge research findings to promote adolescent health and well-being. Clin Trans Sci 2012; Volume 5: 480–481