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Right vision wrong location for new research centre, say MPs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3317 (Published 25 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3317
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

In its latest report on the planned UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee applauds the vision displayed by the creators of the £645m (€742m; $1045m) project. But it regrets the choice of the centre’s intended location in London. It also offers its sympathy to local residents who have yet to be reconciled to the new institution that will soon be emerging on their doorstep.

Having acknowledged the importance of the project to biomedical science in the UK, the report goes on to welcome the Department of Health’s investment in it. The committee says, “[We] can see the positive benefits that the planned research at …

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