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April 23/30, 2003

Translational Medical Research

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor and Dr DeAngelis is Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2003;289(16):2133. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2133

Just 1 year ago, in an editorial introducing a theme issue1 on "Basic Science and Translational Research in JAMA," we stated, "The magnitude, scope, sophistication, and funding support for biomedical research are unprecedented and continue to increase dramatically."2 That statement is even more true today. The National Institutes of Health funding has doubled during the past decade3; the initial sequence and analysis of the human genome was published in 20014,5; and advances in neuroscience, molecular medicine, diagnostic radiology, robotic surgery, pharmacology, and many other areas herald the application of basic science to clinical medicine.

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