Basic Research Fuels Advanced Discovery: Kenneth Kosik discusses the importance of basic cell biology research in advancing the understanding of disease

Aug 31, 2016

Clinical trials and translational medicine have certainly given people hope and rapid pathways to cures for some of mankind’s most troublesome diseases, but now is not the time to overlook the power of basic research, says MCDB professor and neuroscientist Kenneth S. Kosik. In fact, as he points out in an article published in the journal Science — along with coauthors Terry Sejnowski, Marcus Raichle, Aaron Ciechanover and David Baltimore — supporting fundamental cell biology research into neurodegeneration may be the key to accelerating understanding of neurodegenerative and so-called “incurable” diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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