Translational research breaks barriers between the lab and the clinic and, at one institute, brings together some unlikely collaborators.
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) sit side by side on the south edge of campus. But a few years ago, when they launched a joint translational research initiative, the separation loomed like an ocean. The two hospitals have completely separate finances, and their research arms compete with each other. So getting them to collaborate, says Penn pharmacology professor Garret FitzGerald, was like "Franco-German rapproachment." [Click PDF to view full article]