Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Nathan1
described barriers to the career pathways of physicians who seek to perform
translational clinical research, and he proposed some ways to encourage their
development. However, there is widespread agreement that in the number of
translational researchers continues to decrease. More effective ways for supporting
and rewarding careers in clinical investigation are needed. Thus, Nathan's
suggestion for a new approach by "establishing appropriate core resources
and a new collaborative working environment for translational clinical researchers"
is welcome indeed. Although we strongly agree with his proposal for stimulating
clinical research, we suggest that it does not go nearly far enough in changing
the fundamental premises of the current medical research program.
Schechter AN, Rettig RA. Funding Priorities for Medical Research. JAMA. 2002;288(7):832. doi:10.1001/jama.288.7.828