Report on reaping the rewards of biomedical research
I would like draw medical research scientists, in particular, to a just published report (January 2010) by the ‘The Academy of Medical Sciences (UK)’ entitled ‘Reaping the Rewards : a Vision for UK Medical Science’. The document running to about 50 pages demonstrates how medical research from basic to clinical can and does lead to benefits, not only to the patient, but also to the biomedical industry in the UK. The report also highlights the need for ideas driven basic research, and outlines the key roles played by research funding agencies like the MRC and Wellcome Trust and encourages in particular greater participation by the NHS. While the report specifically focuses on the UK research landscape, it does provide food for thought about the way we fund and carry out biomedical research in Ireland. The recent decision by the Health Research Board of Ireland to essentially forego funding of basic medical research in Ireland is alarming to say the least and is at odds with other similar funding organisations right across Europe.