Bridging the Gap from the Lab to the Bedside
Innovations in molecular biology and imaging now allow unprecedented insights into the mechanisms of disease. This explosion in knowledge has created the opportunity for more specific, safer, and more effective therapies to treat disease. Application of therapies targeted at chronic diseases which start in childhood will lessen the burden of disease on our society. However there is a critical gap in transferring these discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside. This gap is due in part to a shortage of trained investigators, reduced funding for research, and a major shift in focus of pediatricians to provide direct care.