Translational Research

Our Goal

The goal of the Translational Research Program is to be able to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient based on their unique circumstances and individual molecular profile; thereby defining the new standard of patient care by improving outcomes and reducing costs at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

From Bench to Bedside

Translational research focuses on applying the findings of fundamental research in the laboratory [bench] and in pre-clinical studies into practical clinical [bedside] applications for patients.

Translational research is sometimes called “bench to bedside” work because it involves innovative research at the molecular or cellular level with the goal of finding new ways to ultimately treat patients at the bedside. New biologic discoveries are made through translational research resulting in improved patient care: drug therapies, state-of-the-art medical devices, and advanced diagnostics are just a few examples of the symbiotic work from bench to bedside.

Collaborative Efforts

At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, scientists and physicians collaborate on translational research paving the way for future health care treatments. Lahey Health’s Translational Research Program fosters collaborations between 'bench' scientists and clinicians to promote our mission to:

1. Understand the cellular and molecular biology of diseases
2. Translate laboratory discoveries into clinical applications for patients in areas of diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutics

Translational Research at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center encompasses several areas and consists of:

What are the Benefits?

Although there are no direct benefits to participants yet, the results of these studies may contribute to a better understanding and more effective management of patients in the future.


For more information on Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's Translational Research Program, please contact:

Kimberly Rieger-Christ, Ph.D.