The term translational research describes efforts directed toward converting basic and clinical research discoveries into new clinical and research tools, medications, and therapies. National leaders in clinical medicine and in biomedical and pharmaceutical research have recognized that this conversion step often represents a significant bottleneck to progress. They have identified translational research as a key area for national investment.
The mission of the Lerner Research Institute’s Center for Translational Research is to help Cleveland Clinic become the premier site in the world for this type of “Bench to Bedside and Back” research. Cleveland Clinic is ideally suited for this mission because of its long history of and commitment to outstanding patient care, medical education, clinical research, and disease-oriented basic medical research.
The Center’s main goals are to provide support for new translational research efforts and to enhance communication and collaboration between the LRI’s “bench” investigators and their clinician-investigator colleagues.
The Center has provided support to the following activities: