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Engaging basic scientists in translational research: identifying opportunities, overcoming obstacles

Jennifer A Hobin1*, Anne M Deschamps1, Richard Bockman2, Stanley Cohen3, Paul Dechow4, Charis Eng5, William Galey6, Mariana Morris7, Sharma Prabhakar8, Usha Raj9, Peter Rubenstein10, John A Smith11, Patrick Stover12, Nancy Sung13, William Talman14 and Richard Galbraith15

Author Affiliations

1 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD, 20814, USA

2 Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021, USA

3 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical Center, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 185 S. Orange, MSB C579, Newark, NJ, 07103-2714, USA

4 Department of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center, 3302 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX, 75246, USA

5 Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Genomic Medicine Institute, Mail code NE5, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44195, USA

6 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 4000 Jones Bridge Rd, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815, USA

7 Department of Pharmacology - Toxicology, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH, 45435, USA

8 Texas Tech University Health Science Center, 3601 4th Street, Stop 9410, Lubbock, TX, 79430, USA

9 Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 840 S Wood Street, M/C 856, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA

10 Department of Biochemistry, University of Iowa - BSB, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1109, USA

11 Department of Pathology, University of Alabama-Birmingham, W230K West Pavilion, 619 S. 19th Street, Birmingham, AL, 35249-7331, USA

12 Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, 127 Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY, 14853, USA

13 Burroughs Wellcome Fund, 21 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, USA

14 Roy & Lucille Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA, 52242, USA

15 The University of Vermont College of Medicine, Fletcher Allen HC, Baird-795, Burlington, VT, 05405, USA

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Journal of Translational Medicine 2012, 10:72  doi:10.1186/1479-5876-10-72

Published: 13 April 2012

Abstract

This report is based on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s symposium, “Engaging basic Scientists in Translational Research: Identifying Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles,” held in Chevy Chase, MD, March 24–25, 2011. Meeting participants examined the benefits of engaging basic scientists in translational research, the challenges to their participation in translational research, and the roles that research institutions, funding organizations, professional societies, and scientific publishers can play to address these challenges.

Keywords:
Basic science; Translational research; Benefits; Challenges; Recommendations