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September 21, 2005

Medical Research—State of the Science

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Fontanarosa (phil.fontanarosa@jama-archives.org) is Executive Deputy Editor and Dr DeAngelis is Editor-in-Chief, JAMA. Dr Hunt is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, New York, NY.

JAMA. 2005;294(11):1424-1425. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1424

Scientific discovery and innovation have dramatically expanded the scope, sophistication, and pace of biomedical research and have created unprecedented opportunities for progress in medicine. Biomedical research has been a leading force in the current age of science, and the application of innovative research discoveries to medical science and to medical care have continuously served to improve health and quality of life.

This issue of JAMA is devoted to highlighting the current state of biomedical research and is the second collaboration on medical research between the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and JAMA.1,2 Albert and Mary Lasker were among the foremost advocates for promoting medical research, for increasing public interest in and generating support for research, and for ensuring that biomedical research became a national priority.2

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