The rise of super specialization within medicine and medical research has made many things possible. It has allowed for highly focused efforts to seek solutions to complex diseases and disorders, and also helped to cultivate linear thinking. And, while this has its benefits, it can also limit the possibilities to finding creative solutions.
Recently, the industry has begun to celebrate cross-discipline work and collaboration. The crosspollination inherent in translational research (TR, also known as translational medicine) is also creating new architectural challenges and opportunities for research laboratories and clinical-care areas.
The TR process follows the logical steps from patient diagnosis, to research, to applied therapies, to patient care. Thus, a natural feedback loop is created where information from each point on the path informs the other. This continuous feedback loop, known as the bench-to-bedside process, increases research productivity and quality of patient care.