Our research consists of the following scholarly research programs: 1. Governance and Management Frameworks of Translational Science 2. Institutional Frameworks of Scientific Knowledge Production 3. Research Policies and Governance Modality
1. Governance and Management Frameworks of Translational Science Translational science is an integrative process in which, by starting from basic science, all phases are expected to inform other phases with an involvement of human-derived biological materials or humans (National Institute of Health). Ultimate goals are to improve clinical efficacy and safety, population health, and regulatory policies ( See, https://ncats.nih.gov/translation/spectrum). Among the spectrums of translational science, we focus on governance and management issues that occur in the basic research, discoveries, and the process of application. Thus the clinical research phase is outside of the scope.This program seeks empirical evidence and contribution to theoretical frameworks that are transferable to other fields of academic sciences.
2. Institutional and Managerial Frameworks of Scientific Knowledge Production There are systemic issues that may place barriers to the advancement of certain science fields (For example, Institute of Medicine /National Academy of Science 2011; 2018, among others). This research program will identify institutional/ organizational factors and mechanisms that prevent certain fields of science from proceeding in the process. It also examines governance modalities to understand the normative pathways.
3. Research Policies and Governance Modality The third program is to contribute to scientific research policy frameworks by understanding pathways in which regulatory strategies affect scientists’ and science organizations’ behaviors to improve research outcomes. This program also investigates relations between global science governance and nation-specific regulations on emerging sciences whose impacts may be transnational.