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Injury. 2008 Jun;39(6):643-50. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2008.01.051. Epub 2008 May 27.

Translational research: from benchside to bedside.

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Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, University of Leeds, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK.


Translation of the achievements of basic science into everyday clinical practice remains a major issue in contemporary medicine, and is addressed through a new discipline, translational research, which aims to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research. Translational research encompasses laboratory studies, clinical demands, public health and health management, policies and economics; it is crucial in the evolution of contemporary biomedical science; and its interventions follow the political-economic, ethical-social and educational-scientific approaches. Translational research can progress through reorganisation of academic teams in a translational way. New academic posts translationally orientated are urgently needed, particularly in the field of trauma medicine, where lack of awareness of this new evolution is evident.

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