Created by on 04/10/2012

On April 2nd, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released a report aimed at facilitating the participation of basic scientists in translational research. Engaging Basic Scientists in Translational Research: Identifying Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles captures the proceedings of a FASEB symposium that explored the role that basic investigators play in moving research discoveries from the bench to the bedside, the factors that hamper their participation in translational research, and ways that research institutions, funding organizations, professional societies, scientific publishers, and investigators themselves can overcome these challenges.
“Basic scientists play a key role in improving human health and treating disease,” said Richard A. Galbraith, MD, PhD, Chair of the FASEB committee that organized the meeting and developed the report and Associate Dean of Patient Oriented Research at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. “Yet, despite widespread national interest in accelerating the pace at which medical interventions are developed, few initiatives have focused specifically on engaging basic investigators in this process of translation,” Dr. Galbraith added. FASEB’s report provides recommendations for training basic scientists to conduct translational research studies, facilitating collaborations among basic and clinical investigators and clinicians; recognizing and rewarding the contributions basic scientists make to translational science; and facilitating their access to translational research funding and resources.
“This report shines a light on the valuable role that basic investigators play in developing new and improved diagnostics, drugs, and devices,” said FASEB President Joseph C. LaManna, PhD. “We hope it will foster the creation of a research environment that maximizes their ability to apply their knowledge and expertise to advancing human health.”
This initiative was sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. The report is available for download here. To request printed copies, please contact Jennifer A. Hobin, PhD at translation@faseb.org.