Science Translational Medicine – Coming Soon to a Newstand Near You

And what a shocker … the Chief Scientific Advisor is none other than the Great Zerhouni (Katrina Kelner is the Editor, aided by Senior Editor Kelly LaMarco and an Advisory Board).

So what does the newest AAAS journal, whose “mission is to chronicle the conversion of basic biomedical research into practical applications,” want to publish?

The journal’s editorial team is seeking a variety of research papers, reviews, commentaries and other article formats in the following areas: cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolism/diabetes/obesity, neuroscience/neurology/psychiatry, immunology/vaccines, infectious diseases, policy, behavior, bioengineering, physics, chemical genomics/drug discovery, imaging, applied physical sciences, medical nanotechnology, drug delivery, biomarkers, gene therapy/regenerative medicine, toxicology and pharmacokinetics, data mining, cell culture, animal and human studies, medical informatics, other interdisciplinary approaches to medicine.

Preference will be given to papers on humans, human tissue, and animal models with proven relevance to human diseases.

Hmmm. Did they leave anything out? We’ll soon see. The first issue of Science Translational Medicine (not to be confused with BMC’s open access Journal of Translational Medicine) is slated to go online on October 7th.

Of course, the Mission Statement & Purpose are pure GZ:

Mission statement: To promote human health by providing a forum for communication and cross-fertilization among basic, translational, and clinical research practitioners and trainees from all relevant established and emerging disciplines.

Purpose: A profound transition is required for the science of translational medicine. Despite 50 years of advances in our fundamental understanding of human biology and the emergence of powerful new technologies, the rapid transformation of this knowledge into effective health measures continues to elude biomedical scientists. This paradox illustrates the daunting complexity of the challenges faced by translational researchers as they apply the basic discoveries and experimental approaches of modern science to the alleviation of human disease. Studies in humans often highlight deep gaps in our fundamental understanding of biology, but the linkages back to basic research to fill these gaps have not been as effective as they could be. Clearly, creative experimental approaches, novel technologies and new ways of conducting scientific explorations at the interface of established and emerging disciplines are now required to an unprecedented degree if real progress is to be made. Nothing short of a true reinvention of the science of translational medicine is likely to suffice. To aid in this reinvention, Science and AAAS have created a new interdisciplinary journal, Science Translational Medicine.

AAAS also kindly defines translational medicine, including specific examples.

Okay folks, go forth and reinvent yourselves (and don’t forget about the National New Biology Initiative as you do so).



  1. D said

    I wonder if they will use enhanced peer review for the articles they publish? Or make it easier for Early Stage Investigators to publish in the journal?

  2. whimple said

    One of the editors at a meeting I went to just said for us to, “send your very best work.”

  3. antipodean said

    So it’s just another Nature Med then?

    • whimple said

      Yes, I think so. How many groundbreaking translational studies are there waiting to get published anyway? Personally I think they could expand their business model better with the all-new journal Science Blogging ™. Send only your very best blogs…

    • Elle said

      Actually, I am pretty sure it will not be like NatMed. While I would agree there is a dearth of translational studies ready to revolutionize the field…the journal aims to garner the best in order to make that happen. It will.

  4. the bunny rabbit said

    I imagine everyone saw the big announcement at NIH today that announced…what again?

  5. antipodean said

    I also love how the test tube stirrers (so-called biomedicine) have redefined translational medicine. It’s now getting the bio into the medicine rather than the previous definition being something along the lines of getting the medicine into the people who need it.

    • D said

      Actually, I think it is translating the bio into new medicines that can then be used by the people who need them.

  6. I think there should be a Journal of Genome-Wide Associations, and it should be printed on automatic self-destruct paper. Seriously, how motherfucking stupid are these editors of Nature Genetics publishing all this GWA garbage? They are driving their journal right off a fucking cliff. Dumshits.

    • Elle said

      That’s really funny. But I think the problem is being consistent. Once you get one published, there’s a point where you cannot justify editorially rejecting another very well performed study that examines a different and very common disease. You’re right though…it would be nice if there was at least some functional (i.e. molecular biological) relevance to the results to make it more broadly applicable. Who knows.

  7. whimple said

    Pretty cool paper just released in Genome Research though on pooled blood GWAS.

  8. Eskimo said

    Unless I’m oblivious to an episode in AAAS history, I think it’s remarkable that Nature and Cell have generated umpteen progeny but AAAS never sought to create a new title like this until now.

  9. Are folks here aware of the Joint Summit on TBI and CRI scheduled for next month in San Francisco? Convened by leaders in the two areas and sponsored by AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), the program agendas are online at

  10. Luz Alegria said

    Quisiera saber como encontrar el artículo que hicieron sobre el insomnio y las consecuencias en la lentitud de la reaccion



    No, es la primera vez que les escribo.

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