New paradigms in translational science research in cancer biomarkers

  • Paul D. Wagner
    Cancer Biomarkers Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Md
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  • Sudhir Srivastava
    Reprint requests: Sudhir Srivastava, Chief, Cancer Biomarkers Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, 6130 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3142, MSC 7362, Rockville, MD 20852.
    Cancer Biomarkers Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Md
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Published:February 10, 2012DOI:
      Despite significant investments in basic science by the US National Institutes of Health, there is a concern that the return on this investment has been limited in terms of clinical utility. In the field of biomarkers, translational research is used to bridge the gap between the results of basic research that identify biomolecules involved in or the consequence of carcinogenesis and their incorporation into medical application. The cultural separation between different scientific disciplines often makes it difficult to establish the multidisciplinary and multi-skilled teams that are necessary for successful translational research. The field of biomarker research requires extensive interactions between academic researchers and industrial developers, and clinicians are needed to help shape the research direction that can be addressed only by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional approach. In this article, we provide our perspective on the relatively slow pace of cancer biomarker translation, especially those for early detection and screening.


      AFP (alpha-fetoprotein), BDL (Biomarker Developmental Laboratory), BRL (Biomarker Reference Laboratory), CVC (Clinical Validation Center), DMCC (Data Management and Coordinating Center), EDRN (Early Detection Research Network), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), NCI (National Cancer Institute), NIH (National Institutes of Health), PPV (positive predictive value), PSA (prostate-specific antigen)
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