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Open Access Commentary

Important steps to improve translation from medical research to health policy

Fan Jiang1, Jun Zhang2, Xiangdong Wang3 and Xiaoming Shen12*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

2 Ministry of Education-Shanghai Key Laboratory of Children’s Environmental Health, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

3 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Biomedical Research Center, Shanghai Respiratory Research Institute, Fudan University Medical School, Shanghai, China

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Journal of Translational Medicine 2013, 11:33  doi:10.1186/1479-5876-11-33

Published: 8 February 2013

Abstract

Translational medicine entails not only “from-bench-to-bedside” but also preventive medicine. The present article proposes a conceptual framework of translational research from scientific research to health care policy and public health policy. We highlight the importance of translational medicine to bridge between research and policy and share our experience of translating medical research to public health policy in China as well as obstacles and challenges we are facing in the translation process.