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Let’s resolve to speed medical advances - The Galveston County Daily News : Guest Columns

November 1, 2014

Let’s resolve to speed medical advances

Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009 11:00 pm

Nonscientists likely were puzzled this year when newly appointed National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins announced his top five priorities. For most Americans “translational research” isn’t exactly a household term.

But we urgently need to translate more basic science from the bench to the bedside — or from laboratories to hospital rooms. Otherwise the burden of disease on individuals as well as the public health care system might overwhelm our aging society.

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