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Translational Medicine: An Engine of Change for Bringing New Technology to Community Health

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Science Translational Medicine  04 Nov 2009:
Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp. 5cm5
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3000222


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    Translational medicine must focus on the patient.

  • Fig. 2 Translational lag.

    This figure shows the extreme range in the translation lag for 32 promising medical interventions first cited in major science journals from 1979 to 1983 (2). (A) Time from patent to the first highly publicized clinical trial results for two HIV/AIDS drugs among the 32 discoveries analyzed. (B) Mid-point of range for all 32 discoveries from the earliest publication to the first highly cited article. (C) Mid-point of the interquartile range for all 32 discoveries from the first discovery to the first specific human use.


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