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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 107
Need for encouraging translational research in India

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Vasant Rao Pawar Medical College, Nashik, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, Dr. SK Galwankar Hospital and Medical Center, Vasai, India
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Kelkar Hospital, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

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Date of Web Publication22-Feb-2012

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Kelkar D, Galwankar S, Kelkar S. Need for encouraging translational research in India. J Emerg Trauma Shock 2012;5:107

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Kelkar D, Galwankar S, Kelkar S. Need for encouraging translational research in India. J Emerg Trauma Shock [serial online] 2012 [cited 2022 Jan 26];5:107. Available from:


We have been diligently reading the Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock for the last few years and are impressed with the contributions published in the journal. We request that a larger thrust be placed on translational research.

Currently, the concept of translational research is "a way of thinking about and conducting scientific research to make the results of research applicable to the population under study and is practiced in the natural and biological, behavioral, and social sciences. In the field of medicine, for example, it is used to translate the findings in basic research more quickly and efficiently into medical practice, and thus into meaningful health outcomes, whether physical, mental, or social. In medicine, in particular, governmental funders of research and pharmaceutical companies have spent vast amounts internationally on basic research and have seen that the return on investment is significantly less than anticipated. Translational research has come to be seen as the key missing component. Translational research is another term for translative research and translational science, although it fails to disambiguate itself from forms of research that are not scientific (e.g., market research), which are currently considered outside its scope." [1]

It is difficult to create multidisciplinary groups that can work together to conduct studies in areas of basic science, clinical medicine, and public health. To bring dedicated and focused researchers together to find common ground to conduct cooperative research is a tough task. The studies have to be scientifically sound and ethically approved. This is a process which has to be encouraged now. [2] The concept of translational research spearheads the progress of clinical medicine. Translational medicine thrives to take the discoveries at the benchside and apply them to clinical care and further on community at large.

At JETS, we should encourage the researchers and research in the arena of translational science as we move toward an era where integrated approaches will help provide better care to patients in terms of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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1.Available from: [cited in 2012].  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Feldman A. Does academic culture support translational research? CTS Clin Trans Sci 2008;1:87-8.  Back to cited text no. 2

Correspondence Address:
Dhanashree Kelkar
Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Vasant Rao Pawar Medical College, Nashik
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.93105

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