Author(s)Stanbrook, Matthew B.
KeywordsCanadian health research
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
academic health researchers
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Abstract"The imminent departure of Dr. Alan Bernstein from the presidency of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will doubtless be the subject of much hand-wringing over a suitable replacement, future directions, programming and other structural matters at the nation’s primary source of funding for academic health researchers. Such issues and deliberations are valid, provided they are not allowed to cloud a more important debate and opportunity that change affords us: to redress the now-chronic shortage of funding. Underlying that need is the basic tenet that research is a fundamental public good: it makes a difference in terms of our understanding of disease and provides the highest quality evidence for patient care. It is also the engine for ingenuity and innovation in the health sector. It matters to everyone: taxpayers, parliamentarians and physicians."
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