When research is the subject, you have certainly heard the words “translational research” or “from bench to bedside”.
What do these words mean?
Progress in medicine is based on continuous research.
The main drive in medical research is improvement of treatment and cure of diseases, which translates into improvement on life expectancy and / or on quality of life. The results of medical progress over the last 20 years are impressive. Mortality from various severe diseases has dropped dramatically (e.g. various forms of cancer, infectious and cardiovascular diseases), life expectancy and quality of life improved significantly.
What is “medical research” anyway?
For someone not involved in this sector it can indeed be difficult to see clearly and understand the multiple forms and dimensions of medical research.