Memorandum from Brian Mahy, National Centre
for Infectious Diseases
I wish to register my strong objection to the
proposal to relocate the National Institute of Medical Research
near a London Hospital. NIMR is a world-renowned institution which
over the years has made enormous contributions to medical research
in the UK.
Moving such an Institute would result in the
loss of key staff, poor morale, and considerable difficulty if
work on dangerous pathogens is to be conducted elsewhere. The
present site is ideal for the purpose.
Particularly in the new age of information technology,
collaborative work with hospitals or other institutions is much
easier than in the past. The CDC in Atlanta is not affiliated
with any hospital, but does world-renowned research on dangerous
pathogens that is highly relevant to the needs of today.
22 November 2004