Translational Health

Improving Lives Through Research and Practice

The translational health research initiative builds on our existing strengths in cancer research, nutrition, health communication, aging, and more.

Innovative Health Solutions

Texas State is working to accelerate the translation of research into reality. Interdisciplinary teams of researchers have the real-world knowledge to partner with the community to implement new approaches to pressing health challenges. Watch the video to learn more.

Research in Action

Nursing Student learning in a lab

Life-Changing Ideas

Health researchers have long lamented that it takes an average of 17 years for research outcomes to reach the people who need them. “We think that’s too long,” says project lead Dr. Melinda Villagran, professor of communication studies and director of Translational Health Research in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. “What we’re doing in this effort is shortening the time it takes for our research to reach the clinics and communities where it can benefit health.”

Improving Medicine Delivery

Dr. Arzu Ari, professor in the Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State University, is on the front lines of discovering ways to improve delivery of aerosolized medications and make them more effective in the treatment of patients with respiratory disorders.

Respiratory Therapy

Podcast Join the Conversation

Texas State researchers discuss how they are putting academic research into practice to improve the health and wellness of people.

Funding Opportunities


  • Support undergraduate scholarships to help Texas State recruit and retain high-achieving students
  • Endow graduate fellowships to fund student research with faculty or projects with health care partners
  • Provide summer scholarships for undergraduates to collaborate with faculty on research
  • Sponsor students to develop, pursue, and showcase research projects for innovative health solutions


  • Provide seed funding to support interdisciplinary teams to pursue new training development grants
  • Fund faculty fellowships for visiting experts in an area of focus
  • Name an endowed professorship to support faculty in conducting cutting-edge research
  • Name an endowed chair to support departmental leadership in the future of teaching and research
  • Naming opportunities are available


  • Endow a Translational Health Program Fund to provide flexible resources to implement and sustain this initiative
  • Seed and accelerate interdisciplinary research teams to address health changes in any of four focus areas
  • Fund a Translational Health Award to recognize innovative research
  • Provide funding to expand access to Texas State clinics for low-income and uninsured clients
  • Create an endowment to bring world-class experts and innovators to speak on campus

For More Information

To learn more about Big Ideas, please contact the Office of Development at or call 512.245.2396.