Translational Biology


Cutting edge bench-to-bedside medical research translated into accessible terms

Translational medicine is a field aimed at combining disciplines, resources, expertise, and techniques to improve the way we prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases. It starts with basic laboratory research, where scientists study the mechanisms by which diseases make us sick and identify ways that we can intervene and prevent illness. From these findings, new methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are developed and tested in a clinical setting. Once they are validated as safe and effective in clinical trials, new treatments are introduced to the public. Because of the complex nature of disease, collaborations between scientists of diverse backgrounds, as well as frequent interactions with clinicians, is essential for making new discoveries and translating them into tomorrow's medicines.

Are Cancer Drugs the Solution to Alzheimer's Disease?

Using cancer drugs to treat neurodegeneration.

Sarah
E.
Barnes
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Alzheimer's Disease is one of the most common diseases in the United States. While many existing drugs may help slow the progression of the disease, none can stop it or reverse the damage that it has already done. Several novel immunotherapies are proving efficacious in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, and in particular one drug meant to target cancer may be a promising therapy for Alzheimer’s patients in the future.