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The BCERF program on the Cancer Risks of Environmental Chemicals in the Home and Workplace closed on March 31, 2010. No further updates will be made to this web site. Please go Cornell University’s eCommons web site to access BCERF’s archived research and educational materials (

Translational Research
BCERF Research Project

Scientific research doesn't explain itself. Skillful, clear, and innovative distillation and communication is necessary before we can understand, and make decisions based on current scientific research of cancer risk. BCERF's staff of scientists and health educators are leaders in the field of translational research.

The Process
Translational research is a layered process. First, the scientific body of evidence on whether a particular risk factor affects cancer risk is identified and gathered. The body of scientific research on a particular topic is often immense and is not always easy to access. The research may include many types of studies, including human, animal, and mechanistic studies.

Once gathered, the basic research is read and critiqued. And finally, it is presented by our staff in forms that can be used by the public, medical professionals, educators, activists, other scientists, the regulatory community, and policy makers.

One of the highlights of translational research is that after the process of gathering and critiquing, the same basic research can be presented in many ways to reach diverse audiences. BCERF's translational research takes a broad array of forms in the following disciplines:

Translational Research in Action
To see how translational research principles are applied in the production of one BCERF resource, read the description of the Critical Evaluation writing process.