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Clinical research is the key step in translating biomedical discoveries into new approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human illnesses.

In the last few decades, landmark developments in genetics, bioengineering, neuroscience, and molecular and structural biology have vastly increased our understanding of the causes of disease and raised new possibilities for treatment and prevention. However, there is a gap between the pace of scientific and technological advancements and the successful translation of this science into effective medical and health practices at the bedside, in the clinic, and in the community.

The AAMC believes that medical schools and major teaching hospitals — in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, foundations, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries — are uniquely responsible for providing both the institutional support and the rigorous training necessary to conduct high quality, hypothesis-driven clinical research and to nurture physician-scientists equipped to exploit scientific opportunities.

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