Getting to Know Research

After completing this lesson, you will be able to: 

Explain the four major research types and how they fit together to form a research pipeline by outlining the steps necessary to translate scientific ideas from bench to bedisde 

  • Basic: understand the collaborative networks in place to share ideas and data
  • Preclinical: explain what an animal model is, and how it is relevant to TSC research
  • Translational: name the ways researchers measure success in preclinical and clinical studies
  • Clinical: describe how clinical research builds upon the foundation of preceding research to deliver clinically important outcomes to patients and their families 
Content & Activities
Research Basics: The Scientific Method
Click through the course presentation to learn the fundamentals of scientific research.
How does the TS Alliance support different types of research?
Preclinical Research
Click through the presentation to hear from researcher and clinician Michael Wong, MD, PhD and Steven Roberds, PhD explain how preclinical research advances our understanding of TSC.
What is translational research?
Review the content and consider the question above the diagram. Once you've thought it over, click beneath the diagram to reveal the solution and compare it to what you thought.
What is the Clinical Research Consortium?
Listen to TSC researcher and clinician Darcy Krueger, MD, PhD explain the benefits of the Clinical Research Consortium. This interactive video also includes a map of the various sites involved with the Consortium.
What are the differences between the two research consortia?
Drag and drop the correct statement under its research area label to highlight a major difference between preclinical and clinical research.
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Science Project Coordinator