Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

When will NIH truly support translational research?

There is a huge gap between basic science discoveries (some of which have no clinical application) and clinic practice (even when the basic science is related). Rarely do physicians, physician scientists, and basic scientists get together to answer a question that has public health or patient health impact. Without such an effort, a lot of taxpayer money is wasted on 'science for the sake of science' as well as in applied research that has no benefit to society. With dollars being scare now, NIH should consider spending half of its budget on translational research where the co-PIs are physician-scientist and basic-scientist and the proposal deals with human subjects at some point in its evolution.

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