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The need for translational research in respiratory medicine

YC Gary Lee1235* and Grant W Waterer14

Author Affiliations

1 School of Medicine & Pharmacology, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

2 Centre for Asthma, Allergy & Respiratory Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

3 Respiratory Department, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia

4 Respiratory Department, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Australia

5 University Department of Med, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, 4/F, G Block, Perth, WA, 6009, Australia

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Translational Respiratory Medicine 2013, 1:9  doi:10.1186/2213-0802-1-9

Published: 19 April 2013


Medical advances have failed to arrest the growing morbidity and mortality from lung diseases. COPD, lung cancer and pulmonary infections remain leading causes of death. More than any other time in human history, we need high quality, translatable, patient-focussed respiratory research that will improve clinical practice. Close teamwork of scientists and clinicians are essential. The results of these work need to be disseminated quickly and widely. The creation of an open access journal, such as Translational Respiratory Medicine, dedicated to translational respiratory research can help foster progress.

Translational; Respiratory; Pneumonia; Pleural; Research; Empyema