Translational Research bridges the gap between basic and clinical cancer research. It is the application of laboratory discoveries as new and better cancer-fighting therapies and technologies.
Pre-clinical translational research obtains crucial data, including how a new treatment could be effective in cancer patients. This information is required to gain authority to test in humans from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other countries’ regulatory counterparts. With such approval, a new experimental therapy can begin patient testing in a Phase I clinical trial.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research provides funding and other support for our scientists to engage in translational research and development. Our efforts allow for the initial application of lab breakthroughs and achievement of inflection points that entice external partners to provide additional resources to our researchers.