Bridging the Bed-Bench Gap: Contributions of the Markey by National Research Council, Policy and Global Affairs, Board

By National Research Council, Policy and Global Affairs, Board on Higher Education and Workforce, Committee on the Evaluation of the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust Programs in Biomedical Sciences

Because the Nineteen Seventies there was a major hole among basic organic learn and its medical program. in accordance with this hole the Lucille P. Markey Charitable belief instituted the overall Organizational promises software, which funded kinds of awards to supply education that may bridge the bed-bench hole. those education awards fell into different types: those who supplied major possibilities for M.D.s to have interaction in simple examine in the course of and instantly following clinical university and residency, and people who supplied major scientific publicity for Ph.D.s whereas they have been predoctoral or postdoctoral scholars. those promises have been meant to shut the widening hole among quick advances in our realizing of the organic method and the interpretation of that wisdom into strategies for fighting illnesses. This record examines the final Organizational supply courses, identifies top practices, and gives observations for destiny philanthropic funders.

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2000). s into disease-oriented research has increased dramatically. s (1,061)” (National Research Council, 2000, p. 42). D. scientists available to perform clinical research, the development of training programs that specifically prepare basic scientists for clinical research has been sporadic. Before 1980 there was practically no systematic instruction of basic scientists in disease-oriented research. In 1980 Harvard Medical School began offering a one-semester course in organismal physiology and disease mechanism to basic science students (Arias, 2003).

2002. Giving USA 2002. : American Association of Fundraising Counsel. American Cancer Society, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and The Pew Charitable Trust. 1998. Strengthening Health Research in America: Philanthropy’s Role. Arias, I. M. 1989. Training basic scientists to bridge the gap between basic science and its application to human disease. New England Journal of Medicine 321 (Oct. 5):972974. Arias, I. M. 2003. Bridge building between medicine and basic science. A paper commissioned for the Lucille P.

Immediately upon the report’s release, the NIH created K-23 awards for mentored patientoriented research career development and K-24 midcareer investigator awards in patient-oriented research (National Institutes of Health, 1998). D. investigators. In response to the call for new training programs in clinical research, the NIH K-30 awards pro32 THE CURRENT BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT 33 vide funds for curricular development at 55 institutions across the United States. In late 2001 the NIH announced its Clinical Research Loan Repayment program, which repays educational debts of investigators who are conducting patient-oriented research (National Institutes of Health, 2001).

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