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Alcohol Res. 2015;37(1):7-14.

Translating Alcohol Research: Opportunities and Challenges.

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1
Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia; Melior Discovery, Exton, Pennsylvania.
2
Departments of Pharmacology/Toxicology and Neurology; VCU Alcohol Research Center; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

Abstract

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) and its sequelae impose a major burden on the public health of the United States, and adequate long-term control of this disorder has not been achieved. Molecular and behavioral basic science research findings are providing the groundwork for understanding the mechanisms underlying AUD and have identified multiple candidate targets for ongoing clinical trials. However, the translation of basic research or clinical findings into improved therapeutic approaches for AUD must become more efficient. Translational research is a multistage process of stream-lining the movement of basic biomedical research findings into clinical research and then to the clinical target populations. This process demands efficient bidirectional communication across basic, applied, and clinical science as well as with clinical practitioners. Ongoing work suggests rapid progress is being made with an evolving translational framework within the alcohol research field. This is helped by multiple interdisciplinary collaborative research structures that have been developed to advance translational work on AUD. Moreover, the integration of systems biology approaches with collaborative clinical studies may yield novel insights for future translational success. Finally, appreciation of genetic variation in pharmacological or behavioral treatment responses and optimal communication from bench to bedside and back may strengthen the success of translational research applications to AUD.

PMID:
26259085
PMCID:
PMC4476605
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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