@article{marincola_translational_2003, title = {Translational Medicine: A two-way road}, author = {Marincola, Francesco}, journal = {Journal of Translational Medicine}, year = {2003}, volume = {1}, pages = {1}, number = {1}, keywords = {prea2k30}, doi = {10.1186/1479-5876-1-1}, url = {http://www.translational-medicine.com/content/1/1/1}, abstract = {The purpose of translational research is to test, in humans, novel therapeutic strategies developed through experimentation. Translational research should be regarded as a two-way road: Bench to Bedside and Bedside to Bench. However, Bedside to Bench efforts have regrettably been limited because the scientific aspects are poorly understood by full time clinicians and the difficulty of dealing with humans poorly appreciated by basic scientists. Translational research would be most useful to the scientific community at large if journals would foster specific interest for the publication of ex vivo human observation. The review process for such work should be assigned to clinical scientists competent not only in the intricacies of molecular or cell biology but also intimate with the reality of Internal Review Boards, ethics committees, Governmental Regulatory Agencies and most importantly the humane aspects of dealing with sick individuals and their families. This approach may focus both basic and clinical scientists and those struggling to fill the gap between them on the effective treatment of diseases affecting women, men and children making translational research more than an interesting concept.} }