About Us

The Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases was founded with the mission of improving the care and health of individuals suffering from chronic diseases.  It aims to influence healthcare policies by studying innovations in chronic disease prevention, treatment, and care organization.  This research is conducted with a fundamental understanding of the natural history of chronic diseases and their treatments.

Clinical researchers and health policymakers are often working independently of each other.  Because of this, communication gaps exist.

Researchers are not always focusing on research questions that can most effectively lead to improved health policy and successful translation into clinical practice.  On the other hand, health policymakers are not always consulting with researchers to best understand the timing effects of new interventions and the complexity of caring for individual patients.

Our vision is to create a world where healthcare research and policy seamlessly interact to most effectively serve the needs of each individual patient.

This list shows the 10 most important communication gaps that occur between policymakers and researchers in healthcare.

Policymakers tend to… Researchers tend to…
Underestimate how long it takes policies to have an effect on health outcomes Underestimate the challenges of translating scientific discoveries into changes in medical practice
Use performance measures that lag behind advances in medical knowledge Overlook costs of implementation for innovations
Underestimate the unintended consequences of changes in health policy Have insufficient engagement with patients and clinicians and inadequate communication of priority research questions
Focus on aggregate effects with less concern for disparities and subgroup effects Underestimate social determinants of health
Focus new health policy on health care delivery reform rather than public health interventions Fail to acknowledge the impact of combinations of diseases