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Frist Editorial in JAMA Links Research Metrics with Speedier Bench-to-Bedside Transfer

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In its April 3 issue, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association published two editorials on biomedical research funding and the future of biomedical research, by U.S. Sen. William H. Frist (R-Tenn) and Yale Prof. Thomas D. Pollard, respectively. Taken together, the editorials make a strong case that the exponential increases in biomedical research funding and scientific discoveries of the past few decades are very likely to lead to ongoing improvements in overall health and productivity in American society, but that to ensure that this progress, increased communication and collaboration are needed “to translate scientific knowledge and technological capability into daily medical practice” (JAMA 287:1723).

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