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Translational Research and Pediatrics

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      Translational research is a new buzzword in the health care research field, central to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Roadmap
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      Medicine: the NIH Roadmap.

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      and promoted by academic institutions that have been awarded NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs).

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      Indeed, translational research is heralded by some as a savior of the biomedical research enterprise by hastening the translation of biomedical discoveries to improved patient care.

      Medical research: saving lives through new cures and treatments. Association of American Medical Colleges Web site. Available at: http://www.aamc.org/research/ftp/ftpsavinglives.pdf. Accessed August 28, 2008.

      Although pediatric translational research is a small part of the overall translational research enterprise, it is important for improving child health and provides new opportunities for researchers from all pediatric disciplines.
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