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Open Access item Generating favorable contexts for translational research through the incorporation of basic researchers into hospitals. The FIS/Miguel Servet Research Contract Program

Authors:Rey-Rocha, Jesús
Martín-Sempere, María José
Keywords:Translational research, Basic researchers, Hospitals, FIS/Miguel Servet Program, Biomedical research, Research evaluation, Investigación traslacional, Investigadores básicos, Hospitales, Programa FIS/Miguel Servet, Investigación biomédica, Evaluación de la investigación, Science evaluation, Evaluación científica
Issue Date:15-Jun-2012
Abstract:[EN]The incorporation of full-time researchers into hospitals has been identified as one of the strategies to bridge the so-called bed-bench gap and foster translational research. This article explores to what extent the incorporation of researchers into Spanish public hospitals helped to foster translational research. We examine the FIS/Miguel Servet Program’s contribution to the three factors that characterize translational research: i) the relationship between clinical and basic researchers; ii) the transfer of scientific knowledge from basic research to clinical practice, and iii) the generation of biomedical research questions based on clinical practice. Data were obtained through a survey of researchers and of research group leaders and heads of departments and centers where these researchers worked. Results show how public policy actions to provide human resources in R&D specifically targeted to the incorporation of basic researchers within the essentially clinical hospital environment play an important role in the promotion of translational research.
Publisher version (URL):http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/07/24/scipol.scs053.abstract
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/51655
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