In U of T’s Translational Research Program where Hillary is doing her professional Masters, “the valley of death” is the chasm between medical discoveries in a lab and the living, breathing patients dependent on those epiphanies to improve their day-to-day realities. There are numerous steps from medical research to practical application: acquiring funding, replicating studies, obtaining patents, marketing ideas effectively — and this time-consuming process can result in prolonged patient suffering. U of T identified this as a significant problem and, in 2015, Hillary joined its inaugural Translational Research class. At 22, she’s the youngest student.
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