Christopher Tormey, M.D. and Peggy O'Donnell, R.N. carry out an apheresis procedure on one of our patients. Procedures like this are used experimentally as well as clinically to help create "personalized cellular therapy". The cells collected from the patient can be manipulated in the laboratory to strengthen their ability to fight a particular disease and then returned to the patient as a transfusion.
Translational research is defined as research that takes observations from basic medical research and translates that into direct patient care. The Department carries out much work in this area, from work on improving cell therapy to work on optimizing non-invasive diagnostics.