Importance of knowledge translation: An expert interview with Dr. Abdus Saboor

Importance of knowledge translation: An expert interview with Dr. Abdus Saboor
The term knowledge translation as defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research states that, it is the exchange, syntheses and ethically-sound application of knowledge within a complex system on interactions among the researchers and society to accelerate or capture the benefits of research through more effective products or services for the benefit of the society. Knowledge translation can also be defined as the targeted distribution of information intended in spreading knowledge and the associated evidence-based work to the public, which can be done through translation channels like conferences, seminars and symposia, workshops, public lectures and open access research publications.

A well modelled knowledge translation method should be able to identify the research evidence, assess research findings and help the researchers to take their research to the next level of implementation through open access publications. This short article covers an interview with Dr. Abdus Saboor, Associate Professor and Research Guide, on his views regarding the need for knowledge translation towards better research implementation.

Dr. Abdus Saboor, MSc, PhD, PGDBM is an Associate Professor in the Postgraduate and Research Department of Zoology, and formerly the Head of PG Department of Biotechnology, The New College (Autonomous), Chennai. He has got 18 years of teaching experience in UG and PG and 12 years in MPhil. He has got 20 years of research experience in Planktology, Copepodology and Aquaculture. Currently, he is working on Nanotoxicology and Bioremediation.

According to his views, implementing research is as important as the research itself and the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of scientific research findings needs utmost attention. Despite spending billions on the research, our system fails to ensure the effectiveness of different strategies to overcome specific barriers in the implementation of research findings. Solutions to these implementation problems depend upon knowledge, which could be only provided by the research. The framework, factors and common components of institutionalisation of a successful research project need to be discussed on a larger platform in order to understand the problems that prevent implementation. This will help in the integration of research findings to the next level of implementation. Also, one of the major problems in the findings of scientific research is the failure to translate research into practice and policy.

He claims that, at present, knowledge translation is increasing in importance and its primary purpose is to address the gap between the large volume of research data and its systematic review and implementation by key stakeholders. Knowledge translators need to identify the key messages for different target audiences and fashion them into a language or in form of various knowledge translation products that are easily assimilated by different audiences.

More awareness should be brought among the research community towards various knowledge translation channels, which will interpret if the conducted research studies are efficient enough to be taken to the next level of implementation with the support and guidance from experts in the presence of industrialists or policy makers. Through knowledge translation, we can also bring an efficient change in our basic research performance levels. This can also reduce the gap between the large volume of performed research data and its application through systematic reviews by industrialists or policy makers, which could lead to better implementation of a research.

Thus, there arises a need from the entire research community to accept the importance of knowledge translation in the whole implementation process within their research programmes in order to definitely serve the real purpose of implementing research for a better future.
How to cite this article:
Deepa Mary Stanly. Importance of knowledge translation: An expert interview with Dr. Abdus Saboor. BioLim O-Media. 30 July, 2017. 5(7).
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