The Accelerating Excellence In Translational Science (AXIS)Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Friday, April 01, 2011
Editorial on Translational Research by Dr. Keith Norris

Despite remarkable advances in biomedical sciences and medical therapeutics in recent decades, the anticipated improvements in patient outcomes have not been realized due to the inability to translate scientific advances into clinical practice. 1 Indeed, as many as one half of Americans with major chronic diseases do not receive care that meets recommendations for acceptable practice.2,3 This is particularly true for a disproportionately high percentage of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other high-risk groups in the US healthcare system. Although incentives and funding are in place to foster research that addresses the disparities in health suffered by women and ethnic minorities, the need for information and intervention remains unmet.4