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Experts Outline Challenges to Translational Research in the United States at a Capitol Hill Briefing, Emphasizing the Importance of Bringing Medical Innovation from 'Bench to Bedside'
Date:9/17/2009

Council for American Medical Innovation Brings Together Policy Experts for 'Translational Research: From Bench to Bedside,' the Second in a Series of Briefings About Achieving 'Recovery Through Discovery'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Experts gathered on Capitol Hill today to address the impact of policies related to translational research and U.S. medical innovation. The briefing, titled Translational Research: From Bench to Bedside, was sponsored by the Council for American Medical Innovation as the second in a three-part series, Recovery Through Discovery, which examines medical innovation as a driver of U.S. economic recovery and enhanced global leadership in science.

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Scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications in order to improve the health of patients. Medical discoveries typically begin with basic research at the "bench," where scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level. Translational research is required for these discoveries to advance to the clinical level, or the patient's "bedside."

"Translational research is beginning to gain much-needed attention, and it could not come at a more critical time," said Debra Lappin, president of the Council for American Medical Innovation. "America is at risk of losing its competitive edge as a leader in medical innovation. We will only continue to lead the world if we develop an infrastructure that supports the essential research that transforms basic scientific discoveries into practical treatments."

Clinical trials are part of translational research, helping advance medical breakthroughs into working medicines and c
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