In this week's issue of Science, 13 leaders of a diverse range of organizations have joined forces on an editorial titled "Translational Careers."  All of the authors share a deep interest in clinical and translational research, and the editorial expresses a collective commitment to the development of an effective clinical and translational research work force.
"Beyond the rigorous research education essential for all scientists, those translational scientists who will work at the boundaries of discovery and clinical science must possess an assortment of practical and logistical skills," the editorialists write. "They must understand the processes by which discoveries turn into therapies, as well as the evolving role of private industry. They must navigate the regulatory environment surrounding human-subjects research, work in teams and share the rewards of their work, and defer financial rewards while spending years in extra training to gain this knowledge."
The editorial goes on to introduce CTSciNet , the Clinical and Translational Science Network. CTSciNet combines a comprehensive career-development resource with a soon-to-be-launched online community open to everyone interested in careers in clinical and translational research. CTSciNet is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and created by AAAS and Science, in partnership with the 12 other organizations represented in the editorial and with the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources.
Work on CTSciNet is already well under way; since late 2008, we've been publishing career-development articles aimed at clinical and translational researchers and trainees. In future months, we'll bring you more such content as well as articles and resources from our partner organizations. The online community will offer its members the chance to interact with a broad array of clinical and translational researchers and trainees. When it launches, CTSciNet will be the first online community devoted solely to career development for clinical and translational research.