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Open Access Editorial

Introducing the neurosciences section of the journal of translational medicine

Luis F Alguacil

Author Affiliations

Translational Research Unit, Hospital General de Ciudad Real, Ciudad Real, Spain and Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, San Pablo CEU University, Madrid, Spain

Journal of Translational Medicine 2011, 9:117  doi:10.1186/1479-5876-9-117

Published: 21 July 2011

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

'We must seriously think about proceeding further than looking for cures just for rodents". These ironic words were recently pronounced in a public forum by a medical doctor devoted to basic research, who decided to move from experimentation in rat arteries to human vessels in her search for new targets for cardiovascular diseases. Scientists dealing with basic neuropsychiatric research must seriously examine this question and another one even more critical: are we looking for cures for diseases in biological systems not willing to suffer them in nature? In other words: can we consider spontaneous dementia, anorexia nervosa, addiction or schizophrenia specific human diseases? If so... is it intelligent trying to progress in the knowledge of these pathologies on the basis of home-made, artificial animal models? Must we persist on this way or center exclusively on human experimentation?