Translating scientific discoveries into practical clinical applications and treatments, and vice versa, is at the heart of SwissTransMed. Basic research discoveries are applied in clinical research projects, which can lead to clinically useful interventions in routine care (“from bench to bedside”).
Basic and clinical scientists, engineers, clinicians and students of all relevant fields can work together on a translational platform and jointly contribute to developing disease models, new diagnostic approaches, prevention and therapy. Ultimately, translational research improves clinical management of patients. Engaging experts with diverse backgrounds in clinical research increases the quality and efficacy of all phases of translational research. The SwissTransMed research platforms will foster training of a next generation of clinical and translational researchers.
SwissTransMed seeks to bring together basic scientists, engineers, clinical researchers, methodologists and clinicians in common translational projects. The platforms benefit from the different scientific backgrounds of its members and encourage them to develop a common understanding of the task at hand. Both, proficiency in basic and clinical research methods and clinical competence in patient care are enhanced in the process. Each platform will focus on a specific medical field or clinical topic (e.g., joint replacement in orthopedic surgery, inherited conditions in pediatrics, interventional cardiology, malignancies).