Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Memorandum from Professor Peter Weissberg, Cambridge University

  I would like to offer my opinion on the future of this Institution. It is my strong conviction that medical and medically related research is best undertaken on a biomedical campus where basic and clinical scientists, and indeed service-orientated clinicians, can interact. Whilst not wishing to denigrate the excellent work that has taken place in the past in the NIMR, or to deny that researchers in the NIMR have forged very successful clinical collaborations, it is my perception that clinical scientists working in NIMR become dissociated from the clinical context of their research. I know of at least one example of a very bright and promising young clinician who undertook a period of research training at the NIMR where his research subject was so far removed from clinical medicine that it offered him little advantage in pursuing a career in academic clinical research.

  It is my personal conviction that translation of basic biological research into clinical advantage can best be achieved when all involved are on a single campus. For this reason it is my view that the long term interests of research at the NIMR would be best served by relocation to an alternative campus.

22 November 2004

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