Program Manager: Erica Cantu – UTHealth School of Public Health - Erica.Cantu@uth.tmc.edu – 832-271-1702
Created in late 2019, the Translational Science Expert Panel (TSEP) was designed by the CCTS to expand our knowledge in community engaged basic science research. TSEP brings scientific experts and community experts together to discuss and identify ways that community members can be involved in early-stage translational research (i.e., basic science research). This is a new area of study that presents both challenges and opportunities for tremendous growth.
These efforts will improve our understanding of the factors that facilitate and hinder the collaboration between basic science researchers and communities by:
Community Engagement (CE) is currently working on modifying a Model of Community Engaged Basic Science Research-previously established by both community members and scientists-by interviewing additional community members and basic science researchers. The focus of these interviews is to understand how community members and basic scientists partner in research. This does not mean partnering in a way of being a research subject, but rather how community members and basic scientists do basic science research together. While a new field, this partnership is already occurring. Vanderbilt University has a community member panel that reviews protocols for patient centeredness. If the panel deems the protocol is not patient centered, the protocol must be edited by the scientists to include a patient centered approach before they can access data.
We are currently recruiting basic science researchers and community members to discuss the factors necessary for successful community-engaged basic science research in 1 hour and 15-minute individual interviews. The ultimate goal is to develop a model that provides a framework for collaboration that interested basic science researchers and community members can use, based on each group’s responses of experiences (or lack thereof) of working together.
To be interviewed as a community member you must:
To be interviewed as a basic researcher you must: