Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Memorandum from the National Institute of Health

  Last July, the Medical Research Council asked my agency to comment on the future scientific program of the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and its optimal location and organizational structure. I attach our response in hopes that it may assist your enquiry.

  In sum, we concur with the central recommendation of the NIMR Task Force: that the preferred organizational model for NIMR is a single site in partnership with a university and affiliated hospital. We base our concurrence on criteria that MRC established to guide strategic decisions on institutional priorities. These include:

    —  capacity to conduct transnational and clinical research;

    —  expanded contacts with industry;

    —  linkages to complementary areas of science and other disciplines;

    —  an environmental culture that enables the recruitment and retention of highly talented researchers;

    —  capacity to translate research into the health services sector and broader clinical development; and

    —  strong academic links.

November 2004

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