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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Featured Section: Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Lipoprotein Translation

The Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Lipoprotein section aims to speed mechanistic understanding, development of novel diagnostics and potential therapeutic targets within cardiovascular, metabolic diseases and lipoprotein diseases. Edited by Nehal N Mehta, the section is open to experiments involving cellular models, animal models, observational studies and clinical trials that are distinguished for their novelty in approach, design or indication, timeliness, and unique ability to translate laboratory concepts from the bench to the bedside.

Read the latest articles in the Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Lipoprotein Translation section

Featured research: Development and validation of a prognostic COVID-19 severity assessment (COSA) score and machine learning models for patient triage at a tertiary hospital

Clinical risk scores and machine learning models based on routine laboratory values could assist in automated early identification of SARS-CoV-2 patients at risk for severe clinical outcomes. They can guide patient triage, inform allocation of health care resources, and contribute to the improvement of clinical outcomes.

In this study, Schöning and colleagues aimed to develop easily deployable screening tools for early identification of COVID-19 patients at risk for severe outcomes, defined as a composite endpoint consisting of either requiring treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU), or death from any cause. The tools include a clinical prediction rule scoring system intended for bedside use by practitioners, and several ML models suitable for deployment in EHR systems for automated monitoring. Potential applications include real-time screening of in-patients to gauge future demand for intensive care, and decision support at point-of-care in patient triage. 

Featured review: Exercise rescues mitochondrial coupling in aged skeletal muscle

Skeletal muscle aging is associated with a decline in motor function and loss of muscle mass- a condition known as sarcopenia. The underlying mechanisms that drive this pathology are associated with a failure in energy generation in skeletal muscle, either from age-related decline in mitochondrial function, or from disuse. To an extent, lifelong exercise is efficacious in preserving the energetic properties of skeletal muscle and thus may delay the onset of sarcopenia. 

In this review article, Harper and colleagues discuss the cellular and molecular changes in skeletal muscle mitochondria during the aging process and how different exercise modalities work to reverse these changes. The review postulates the most effective exercise modality and protocol for reversing the molecular hallmarks of skeletal muscle aging and staving off sarcopenia. 

Journal of Translational Medicine has launched In Review, a new option that provides authors with on-demand information on the status of their manuscript, enables them to share their work with funders and their research community, and allows their colleagues to comment and collaborate - all whilst their manuscript is under review.

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Meet the Editors

Get to know the Editors behind Journal of Translational Medicine! 


  1. Authors: Paolo A. Ascierto, Michael B. Atkins, Alexander M. Eggermont, Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, Jean-Jacques Grob, Omid Hamid, Vernon K. Sondak, Jeffrey A. Sosman, Hussein A. Tawbi, Jeffrey S. Weber, Corrado Caracò, Iman Osman and Igor Puzanov

    Content type: Meeting report

  1. Authors: Thomas E Ichim, Fabio Solano, Eduardo Glenn, Frank Morales, Leonard Smith, George Zabrecky and Neil H Riordan

    Content type: Review

Thank you to the JTRM reviewers!

Journal of Translational Medicine would like to warmly thank the top reviewers whose comments helped to shape the journal, for their assistance with review of manuscripts in Volume 18 (2020). 

Our companion journal

Translational Medicine Communications. the companion journal to Journal of Translational Medicine, is an interdisciplinary forum for all scientifically valid research from across translational medicine. 

The journal aims to improve transparency and reproducibility within translational medicine and considers research papers regardless of outcome or significance of findings.

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New Section: Cancer Metabolism

We are excited to announce the addition of a new section to Journal of Translational Medicine entitled Cancer Metabolism. Led by Section Editor Violena Pietrobon, this exciting new section aims to provide a platform to promote and disseminate innovative studies examining metabolic reprogramming in cancer cells, including fatty acid, mitochondrial, glycolytic and other metabolic networks.

The section will focus on research that investigates and characterizes metabolic alterations in tumors at the molecular level by explaining why this reprogramming occurs and identifying links between such phenomena and cell proliferation and metastasis. The section also welcomes studies regarding the correlation between genomic mutations, gene expression, epigenetic regulation and metabolic pathway alterations. Of particular interest are investigations focused on translational and clinical aspects and those regarding metabolically targeted pharmacological therapies, with emphasis on patient responsiveness.

Editor-in-Chief: Francesco Marincola, Kite Pharma, USA

Dr. Marincola received his MD, summa cum laude from the University of Milan, Italy and Surgery training at Stanford University, California. His research interest lies in translational medicine and focuses on the development of strategies for the dynamic study of patients’ response to immunotherapy. His approach has brought seminal observations regarding the mechanisms leading to rejection of tumors, allograft rejection, graft-versus-host disease and autoimmunity.

Dr. Marincola is currently Global Head of Research at Kite Pharma, Santa Monica, California. He previously was President and Chief Scientific Officer at Refuge Biotechnologies, Menlo Park, California, Distinguished Research Fellow at AbbVie Corporation in Redwood City, California, Chief Research Officer at Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha Qatar and Tenured Investigator at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Maryland. Dr. Marincola founded in 2003 the Journal of Translational Medicine of which he is currently the Editor-in-Chief. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Translational Medicine Communications. He is past-president of the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) and of the International Society for Translational Medicine. Dr. Marincola is editor of several biomedical books including the SITC-affiliated Cancer Immunotherapy Principles and Practice Textbook. Dr. Marincola is an award winning fiction writer author of The Wise Men of Pizzo and the Cat Behind the Window.

Aims and scope

Journal of Translational Medicine is an open access journal publishing articles focusing on information derived from human experimentation so as to optimise the communication between basic and clinical science.

The journal covers all areas of translational medicine but also has several special sections:

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