Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


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

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