Ethical Issues in Translational Research: From the Bench to Theatre

Surgical research has resulted in the continued use of some procedures whose efficacy is questionable (1). This has led to a perception that surgical procedures do not undergo rigorous ethical and methodological scrutiny as compared to medical treatments; and this has resulted in procedures being “smuggled” into practice without appropriate review (1). This is one of several scientific and ethical issues that arise in the translation from basic science to research on human participants; a field of research referred to as translational research/translational medicine.

Erisa Mwaka