Translational Research

Through their research and creative work in science, engineering, health, social science, humanities, public policy and the arts, universities seek a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

As a public university, the University of Michigan has a special obligation to ensure that society benefits from the knowledge, insights and other products that arise. The translation of intellectual work to public benefit can take many paths, including undergraduate and graduate education, papers and books, clinical practice, technology licensing and works of art.

Through these processes, universities serve as the foundation of our nation’s economic vitality and quality of life. U-M is committed to enhancing and accelerating the transfer of the results of its work to the public good.

Translational research can transform society for the greater good

3-D printed devices helped save the lives of three boys by keeping their airways open, which restored their breathing.
Multiple projects that partner community groups and researchers explore ways to help address the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
A stretchable textile material was designed to help youth with autism improve their fine and gross motor control.
Patients participated in a clinical trial using T-cell therapy that uses their own immune cells to hunt down cancer cells.

Bridging gaps between scholarship and application

The Council aims to define, coordinate and promote translational research across campus.


Survey looks at how research and creative work moves beyond academia to impact society.


Support services and programs help expedite access to information and resources.



"As a public research university, we have a special obligation to ensure that society benefits from the research and other creative activity that takes place on our campus."

George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director of Translational Research
University of Michigan


For more information, or questions regarding translational research at U-M, call 734-998-7474.