Health research in peril, Canadians warned
Date: Wednesday, January 17 2007
An unprecedented funding crunch is putting the future of Canadian health research in peril, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research warned Tuesday.
Dr. Alan Bernstein, the president of the federal agency that is Canada's biggest source of grants for medical research, blamed the CIHR's funding anxieties on "a double challenge" converging: declining amounts of in-year funds are coming from the government, he said, at the same time that the health research community is rapidly expanding.
"I am particularly concerned about the impact on new investigators who are at the beginning of their careers," Bernstein wrote in an open letter to the research community.
Canada and the provinces (especially the western provinces) have never been awash in so much cash as they are at present. So which pockets is it plunging into?